The Reading Room

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These stories on this page are not contemporary.  Most go back to the early 20th and late 19th Centuries.  You may like them better than the current stories on pages one and two, but, but liking is still not quite the point..   I believe you can learn from them.  Don't be afraid.  Plunge right in.  .(The links below take you to other people's web sites.  While you are visiting, take the time to look around and see what else they have to offer.)




The Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence

One of the better classic short stories  A fantasy (of sorts) about a boy, his mother, money, and a magical rocking horse that helps him pick winners at the races.
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The Chorus Girl by Anton Chekhov


Early and much loved Chekov story with a surprise ending.




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The Girls in Their Summer Dresses by Irwin Shaw

Here is a "modern short story by a modern master.
Here is a "modern" short story by a modern master


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Enemies by Anton Chekhov


Chekov may or may not have invented the modern short story, but a story like this makes it easy to see why so many people believe he did.
 
The White Heron, by Sarah Orne Jewett

A 19th Century Classic





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The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

A good old fashioned adventure story

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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane


Based upon an event in the author's life



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Counterparts by James Joyce

More than one hundred years after it was written, this story still does not sound old fashioned. 

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