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  • Christ in Flandersby Honore de Balzac; Ellen Marriage

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    This short tale is part of the "Philosophical Studies" section of Honore de Balzac's The Human Comedy. Almost fable-like in tone, it recounts a boat ride carrying a group of passengers that represent a broad cross-section of society. When a sudden storm hits, chaos ensues, and each passenger's reaction speaks volumes about his or... more...

  • Cinderellaby Richard Harding Davis

    The Floating Press 2015; US$ 3.99

    Though journalist Richard Harding Davis was best known for his battlefield reports from the front lines of a number of conflicts, he also produced many amusing short stories over the course of his career. The centerpiece of this collection is "Cinderella," which uses the basic elements of the classic fairy tale and updates them to include... more...

  • The Collection of Antiquitiesby Honore de Balzac; Ellen Marriage

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    In this novel, one of the last vestiges of a genteel family, the Marquis d'Esgrignon, tries to navigate the new social and cultural landscape that has emerged in France's post-revolutionary period. Even though he is surrounded by some of the signs of his family's former affluence, the Marquis is virtually penniless, and he finds it difficult... more...

  • Colonel Chabertby Honore de Balzac; Ellen Marriage; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 2.99

    Part of the epic series of historical novels known as The Human Comedy, Honore de Balzac's Colonel Chabert delves into the roots of the upheaval that came to a head during the Restoration period in the early nineteenth century. In the novel, Balzac mercilessly skewers the social problems of the era, contrasting the honor and courage that Napoleon's... more...

  • The Commission in Lunacyby Honore de Balzac; Clara Bell

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 1.99

    Part of Honore de Balzac's sprawling epic The Human Comedy, the novella The Commission in Lunacy focuses on the story of a bachelor who feels his youth rapidly slipping away and tries to renew his sense of vigor and fulfillment through various means. He crosses paths with the beguiling Madame d'Espard and soon finds himself caught up in a nefarious... more...

  • Crucial Instancesby Edith Wharton

    The Floating Press 1901; US$ 3.99

    Though best known for having written novels such as The Age of Innocence and The House of Mirth, American author Edith Wharton was also a master of the short story format. Regarded by many critics as her most accomplished collection of short tales, Crucial Instances brings together seven gripping and nuanced stories of the American upper glass in the... more...

  • The Death of the Lionby Henry James

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 2.99

    In the almost-novella-length short story "The Death of the Lion," literary giant Henry James pokes sardonic fun at the vagaries of literary fame. The author at the center of the tale, one Neil Paraday, is gushingly praised by the newspapers and journals -- but very few of his admirers seem to have actually read his work. It's a thought-provoking... more...

  • Doctor Marigoldby Charles Dickens

    The Floating Press 1865; US$ 2.99

    Craving some feel-good fiction? Curl up with "Doctor Marigold," a heartwarming tale from the pen of beloved author Charles Dickens. The story follows the tragedies and triumphs of a street vendor who loses a child and then adopts a young deaf girl and raises her to adulthood. The story is both a masterpiece of social realism and a reminder... more...

  • The Dolly Dialoguesby Anthony Hope

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    In the character of Dolly Foster, British writer Anthony Hope has created an unforgettable embodiment of the turbulent end of the Victorian era. Constrained by old-fashioned conventions but bursting with newfangled ideas, this young woman is the element that ties together all of the vignettes and short tales collected in The Dolly Dialogues. more...

  • Dorothyby Constance Fenimore Woolson

    The Floating Press 2012; US$ 3.99

    Constance Fenimore Woolson was the great niece of James Fenimore Cooper and a close friend and correspondent of Henry James. A successful short story and novel writer Woolson was one of the "local color", or American literary regionalism authors popular in late-nineteenth century America. She travelled a great deal through America and Europe... more...