Short Stories & Fairy Tales Collection

A Famous Short Story - Example 1:

In the year 1810, a case of living inhumation happened in France, attended with circumstances which go far to warrant the assertion that truth is, indeed, stranger than fiction. The heroine of the story was a Mademoiselle Victorine Lafourcade, a young girl of illustrious family, of wealth, and of great personal beauty. Among her numerous suitors was Julien Bossuet, a poor litterateur, or journalist of Paris. His talents and general amiability had recommended him to the notice of the heiress, by whom he seems to have been truly beloved; but her pride of birth decided her, finally, to reject him, and to wed a Monsieur Renelle, a banker and a diplomatist of some eminence. After marriage, however, this gentleman neglected, and, perhaps, even more positively ill-treated her. Having passed with him some wretched years, she died, - at least her condition so closely resembled death as to deceive every one who saw her. She was buried - not in a vault, but in an ordinary grave in the village of her nativity. Filled with despair, and still inflamed by the memory of a profound attachment, the lover journeys from the capital to the remote province in which the village lies, with the romantic purpose of disinterring the corpse, and possessing himself of its luxuriant tresses. He reaches the grave. At midnight he unearths the coffin, opens it, and is in the act of detaching the hair, when he is arrested by the unclosing of the beloved eyes. In fact, the lady had been buried alive. Vitality had not altogether departed, and she was aroused by the caresses of her lover from the lethargy which had been mistaken for death. He bore her frantically to his lodgings in the village. He employed certain powerful restoratives suggested by no little medical learning. In fine, she revived. She recognized her preserver. She remained with him until, by slow degrees, she fully recovered her original health. Her woman's heart was not adamant, and this last lesson of love sufficed to soften it. She bestowed it upon Bossuet. She returned no more to her husband, but, concealing from him her resurrection, fled with her lover to America. Twenty years afterward, the two returned to France, in the persuasion that time had so greatly altered the lady's appearance that her friends would be unable to recognize her. They were mistaken, however, for, at the first meeting, Monsieur Renelle did actually recognize and make claim to his wife. This claim she resisted, and a judicial tribunal sustained her in her resistance, deciding that the peculiar circumstances, with the long lapse of years, had extinguished, not only equitably, but legally, the authority of the husband.

Stories By Charles Dickens
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Hunted Down, a short Detective Story by Charles Dickens
Nobody's Story, a short Christmas Story by Charles Dickens
The Child's Story, a short Christmas Story by Charles Dickens
The Cratchits' Christmas Dinner, a short Christmas Story by Charles Dickens
The Poor Relation's Story, a short Christmas Story by Charles Dickens
The Schoolboy's Story, a short Christmas Story by Charles Dickens
What Christmas is as we Grow Older by Charles Dickens
Tiny Tim, a short Children's Christmas Story by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol, a short Christmas Story by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Tree a short Christmas Story by Charles Dickens
Christmas at Fezziwig's Warehouse by Charles Dickens

Stories By Edgar Allen Poe

Eleonora a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe

Landor's Cottage a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Never Bet the Devil Your Head a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Silence a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Some Words with a Mummy a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Balloon Hoax a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Black Cat a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Cask of Amontillado a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Domain of Arnheim a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Four Beasts in One a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Gold Bug a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The House of Usher a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Imp of the Perverse a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Masque of the Red Death a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Murders in the Rue Morgue a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Oval Portrait a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Pit and the Pendulum a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Premature Burial a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Purloined Letter a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Raven a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Sphinx a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe

William Wilson a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Angel of the Odd a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe

The Assignation a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Berenice a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Business Man a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Colloquy of Monos and Una a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Conversation of Eiros and Charmion
A Descent into the Maelstrom
The Devil in the Belfry a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Diddling a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Duc De L'Omlette a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
Hop-Frog a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
How to Write a Blackwood Article
The Island of the Fay

The Landscape Garden
Ligeia a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Lionizing a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Loss of Breath a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Man of the Crowd a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Man That was Used Up a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Metzengerstein a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Ms. Found in a Bottle a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Mystification a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Oblong Box a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Power of Words a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
A Predicament a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Shadow - A Parable by Edgar Allen Poe
The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether

Tale of Jerusalem a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
The Tell-Tale Heart a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Thou Art the Man a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe
Von Kempelen and His Discovery by Edgar Allen Poe
X-ing A Paragrab a Short Story by Edgar Allen Poe


Famous Stories By Hans Christian Andersen
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The Dream of Little Tuk a Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen
The Elderbush Fairy Tale Hans Christian Andersen
The Emperors New Clothes Fairy Tale
The False Collar Fairy Tale Hans Christian Andersen
The Fir Tree a Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen
The Happy Family Fairy Tale Hans Christian Andersen
The Leap Frog Fairy Tale Hans Christian Andersen
The Little Match Girl Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen
The Naughty Boy Fairy Tale
The Old House Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen
The Real Princess Fairy Tale
The Red Shoes Fairy Tale
The Shadow Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen
The Shoes of Fortune Fairy Tale
The Snow Queen a Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen
The Story of a Mother Fairy Tale Hans Christian Andersen
The Swineherd Fairy Tale Hans Christian Andersen

The Bell by Hans Christian Andersen

Famous Stories By The Brothers Grimm

Ashputtel a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Briar Rose a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Cat Skin a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Clever Elsie a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Clever Gretel a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Clever Hans a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm

Doctor Knowall a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Frederick and Catherine a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Fundevogel a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Hansel and Gretel a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Hans in Luck a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Iron Hans a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Jorinda and Jorindel Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
King Grisly Beard a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Lily and the Lion a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Little Red Riding Hood a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Mother Holle a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Old Sultan a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm

Rapunzel a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Rumpelstiltskin a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Snowdrop a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Snow White and Rose Red a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm

Sweetheart Roland a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Blue Light a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Cat and Mouse Partnership a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Dog and the Sparrow a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Elves and the Shoemaker a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Fisherman and His Wife a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Four Clever Brothers a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Fox and the Cat a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Fox and the Horse a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Frog Prince a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Golden Bird Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Golden Goose a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm

The Goose Girl a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Juniper Tree a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The King of the Golden Mountain a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Little Peasant a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Miser in the Bush a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Mouse, The Bird, and the Sausage a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Old Man and His Grandson a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm

The Pink a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Queen Bee a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Raven a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Robber Bridegroom a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Salad a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Seven Ravens a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The straw, the Coal, and the Bean a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Three Languages a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Travelling Musicians a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Turnip a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Twelve Dancing Princesses a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Twelve Huntsman a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Valiant Little Tailor a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Water of Life a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Wedding of Mrs Fox a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm

The White Snake a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Willow-Wren and the Bear a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm
Tom Thumb a Fairy Tale by The Brothers Grimm

Famous Stories By Anton Chekhov

A Dead Body by Anton Chekhov
A Slander Short Story by Anton Chekhov

Happiness Short Story By Anton Chekhov
The Lottery Ticket by Anton Chekhov
The Darling Short Story by Anton Chekhov
The Beggar by Anton Chekhov
Dreams Short Story by Anton Chekhov


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Famous Very Short Stories / Fables

The Hare and The Tortoise
The Bat And The Weasels
The Charcoal-Burner & The Fuller
The Father And His Sons
The Wolf And The Lamb
The Wolf and the Crane

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A Famous Short Story Example 2:
Such a bustle ensued that you might have thought a goose the rarest of all birds; a feathered phenomenon, to which a black swan was a matter of course, and in truth it was something very like it in that house. Mrs. Cratchit made the gravy (ready beforehand in a little saucepan) hissing hot; Master Peter mashed the potatoes with incredible vigour; Miss Belinda sweetened up the apple-sauce; Martha dusted the hot plates;


Bob took Tiny Tim beside him in a tiny corner at the table; the two young Cratchits set chairs for everybody, not forgetting themselves, and mounting guard upon their posts, crammed spoons into their mouths, lest they should shriek for goose before their turn came to be helped. At last the dishes were set on, and grace was said. It was succeeded by a breathless pause, as Mrs. Cratchit, looking slowly all along the carving-knife, prepared to plunge it in the breast; but when she did, and when the long expected gush of stuffing issued forth, one murmur of delight arose all round the board, and even Tiny Tim, excited by the two young Cratchits, beat on the table with the handle of his knife, and feebly cried Hurrah!

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By Melissa Russell
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Updated: July 11 2013