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American Literature Without Tears is an etext of 40 famous American short stories simplified for easier reading. Excellent source for teachers of ESL and EFL students.
Since this is a large file, it is probably best for most teachers to print out individual stories rather than run off multiple copies of the entire file.
Ambrose Bierce - A Horseman in the Sky
O. Henry - A Municipal Report
Kate Chopin - A Pair of Silk Stockings
Herman Melville - Bartleby
Washington Irving - The Devil and Tom Walker
Nathaniel Hawthorne - Dr. Heideggers Experiment
Traditional Tall Tale - John Henry
Jack London - Keesh
Luck by Mark Twain
Pauls Case by Willa Cather
Edgar Allan Poe - The Cask of Amontillado
Nathaniel Hawthorne - Feathertop
Tall Tale - Paul Bunyan
Ambrose Bierce - An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Kate Chopin - Anthenaise
Mark Twain - The Californians Tale
Herman Melville - Benito Cereno
Eleanor Porter - The Lady in Black
O. Henry - The Exact Science of Marriage
Jack London - The God of His Fathers
O. Henry - The Gift of the Magi
Ambrose Bierce - The Boarded Window
Mark Twain - The Celebrated
Stephen Crane - The Open Boat
Frank Stockton - The Lady or the Tiger
Tall Tale - Pecos Bill
Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Ambitious Guest
Jack London - The Law of Life
Washington Irving - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Fitz-James OBrien - The Diamond Lens
Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Birthmark
Jack London - To Build a Fire
Bret Harte - The Luck of Roaring Camp
Edith Wharton - The Line of Least Resistance
O. Henry - The Ransom of Red Chief
Hamlin Garland - The Return of a Private
Jack London - The Story of an Eyewitness
Edgar Allan Poe - The Tell-Tale Heart
Sarah Orne Jewett - The White Heron
Nathaniel Hawthorne - Rappaccinis Daughter
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