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Canadian Short Stories Collection

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Modern Short Stories

Ashmun, Margaret Eliza, ed.

Contents: The cask of Amontillado, by E. A. Poe; The return of a private, by H. Garland; Mateo Falcone, by P. Merimee; The hiding of Black Bill, by O. Henry; The substitute, by F. Coppee; Rip Van Winkle, by W. Irving; The thief, by F. Dostoievski; The king of Boyville,by W. A. White; The father, by B. Bjornson; What was it? a mystery, by F. J. O’Brien; The real thing, by H: James; Dr. Heidegger’s experiment, by N. Hawthorne; A rose of the Ghetto, by I. Zangwill; Two friends, by G. de Maupassant; Aged folk, by A. Daudet; To build a fire, by J. London; Rhymer the second, by A. Morrison; A living relic, by I. Turgenev; The monkey’s paw, by W: W. Jacobs; A Christmas guest, by S. Lagerlof: The long exile, by L. Tolstoi.

The Best Psychic Stories

French, Joseph Lewis, ed.

Stories by Jack London, Algernon Blackwood, Katherine Rickford, George Warton Edwards, Edgar Allan Poe, Elsa Barker, Lafcadio Hearn, Ambrose Bierce, William T. Stead, Fiona Macleod, Gambier Bolton, Hereward Carrington, Andrew Jackson Davis, St. John D. Seymour, Nizida, Helena Blavatsky, and Dr. Walter F. Prince.

Great Sea Stories

French, Joseph Lewis, ed.

Fifteen excerpts illustrating the ‘virility and beauty’ of the sea as a source of really epic stories. They are chosen from Westward ho, Peter Simple, Tom Cringle’s log, Hard cash, Chamber’s miscellany, The red rover, Moby Dick, Ninety-three, Broken stowage, The wreck of the Grosvenor, An Iceland fisherman, In blue waters. Spun gold, South sea tales, and A tarpaulin muster.

Great Pirate Stories

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French, Joseph Lewis, ed.

A companion volume to Great sea stories. This includes seventeen well-chosen stories of buccaneering and piracy, peopled with some of the most romantic figures that ever drew cutlass.
— Bacon, Corinne, compiler, Standard Catalog: Fiction Section (1923)

The Best American Humorous Short Stories

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Jessup, Alexander, ed.

Contents: The little Frenchman and his water lots, by G. P. Morris; The angel of the odd, by E. A. Poe; The schoolmaster’s progress, by C. M. S. Kirkland; The Watkinson evening, by E. Leslie; Titbottom’s spectacles, by G. W. Curtis; My double, and how he undid me, by E. E. Hale; A visit to the asylum for aged and decayed punsters, by O. W. Holmes; The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County, by Mark Twain; Elder Brown’s backslide, by H. S. Edwards; The hotel experience of Mr. Pink Fluker, by R. M. Johnston; The nice people, by H: C. Bunner; The Buller-Podington compact, by F. R: Stockton; Colonel Starbottle for the plaintiff, by B. Harte; The duplicity of Hargraves, by O.” Henry; Bargain day at Tutt House, by G: R. Chester; A call, by G. M. Cooke; How the widow won the deacon, by W. J. Lampton; Gideon, by W. Hastings.


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The Best Short Stories of 1916 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

O’Brien, Edward Joseph, ed.

Contents: The sacrificial altar, by G. Atherton; Miss Willett, by B. Benefield; Supers, by F. Booth; Fog, by D. Burnet; Ma’s pretties, by F. Buzzell; The great auk, bv I. S. Cobb; The lost Phoebe, by T. Dreiser; The silent infare, by A. C. Gordon; The cat of the cane-brake, by F. S. Greene; Making port, by R: M. Hallet; “Ice water, pl—!” by F. Hurst; Little selves, by M. Lerner; The sun chaser, by J. Marks; At the end of the road, by W. J. Muilenburg; The big stranger on Dorchester heights, by A. du V. Pentz; The menorah, by B: Rosenblatt; Penance, by E. Singmaster; Feet of gold, by G. A. Smith; Down on their knees, by W. D. Steele; Half-past ten, by A. L. Tildesley.

O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1920

Contents: Each in his generation, by M. S. Burt; “Contact!” by F. N. Hart; The camel’s back, by F. S. Fitzgerald; Breakneck hill, by E. Forbes; Black art and Ambrose, by G. Gilpatric; The judgment of Vulcan, by L. F. Hartman; The argosies, by A. Hull; Alma Mater, by O. F. Lewis; Slow poison, by A. D. Miller; The face in the window, by W. D. Pelley; A matter of loyalty, by L. Perry; Professor Todd’s used car, by L. H. Robbins; The thing they loved, by Marice Rutledge; Butterflies, by Rose Sydney; No flowers, by G. A. Smith; Footfalls, by W. D. Steele; The last room of all, by S. F. Whitman.

Atlantic Narratives; Modern Short Stories. Second Series

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Thomas, Charles Swain, ed.

Contents: The lie, by M. Antin; Blue reefers, by E. Ashe; The debt, by K. Carman; Seth Miles and the sacred fire, by C. A. P. Comer; Buried treasure, by M. de la Roche; The princess of make-believe, by A. H. Donnell; The two apples, by J. E. Dunning; The purple star, by R. H. Eastman; Ruggs—R. O. T. C, by W. A. Ganoe; The way of life, by L. Huffaker; A year in a coal-mine, by J. Husband; Woman’s sphere, by S. H. Kemper; Babanchik, by C. Krysto; Rosita, by E. Mackubin; Perjured, by E. R. Mirrielees; What Mr. Grey said, by M. P. Montague; A soldier of the legion, by E. Morlae; The Boulevard of Rogues, by M. Nicholson; What happened to Alanna, by K. Norris; Spend-thrifts, by L. S. Portor; Children wantetL by L. Pratt; The squire, by E. Singmaster; Gregory and the scuttle, by C. H. Townsend; In November, by E. Wyatt; Biographical and interpretative notes.


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