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Wife (namesake) falls ill, composes 'The Conqueror Worm' and dies/narrator marries Lady Rowena/she dies/narrator sees her come back from dead but as 1st wifeEdgar Allan Poe
Thomas Wilson leaves work in London/moves to Island of Capri in Italy/lives simply/sets up 25 yr annuity/tries to kill himself when $ runs out but fails/dies after 6 yrs of povertyW Somerset Maugham
Narrator describes murder of old man with 'vulture eye' whom he dismembered & hid under floorboards/he begins to hear ringing which he believes to be the man's heartbeat/confesses Edgar Allan Poe
Scully owns Palace Hotel/Swede from NY, Bill (cowboy), Mr. Blanc play cards/Swede is paranoid about being attacked/others discuss possible reasons why when he goes upstairsStephen Crane
Peyton Farquhar a confederate sympathizer is senteced to hang from title location/imagines the rope breaks and he escapes but is actually hung and diesAmbrose Bierce
Title character gives 4 old friends water from fountain of youth that turns them young/despite age, they begin acting like foolish youths/effects wear off/go in search of fountainNathaniel Hawthorne
Mr. Summers and Mr. Graves prepare slips of paper the night before/Bill Hutchison draws the paper with the black spot/Tessie the draws the marked slip and is stoned to deathShirley Jackson
Narrator visits his friend Roderick & his sister Madelaine/after a cataleptic fit Roderick buries her in family vault but knows she's alive/she escapes and both die/house collapsesEdgar Allan Poe
Isaac McCaslin is hunting w/Roth Edmonds/dark skinned woman w/baby comes to see Roth/Roth has given Ike money to give her to send her away/Ike reflects on sins of McCaslin familyWilliam Faulkner
Olga Dymov is socialite married to Osip (doctor)/she has affair w/Ryabovsky & despises husband/when he catches diphtheria she repents/he dies - she realizes his greatness too lateAnton Chekhov
Chekhov's best known short story/Dmitri Gurov (older man) has many affairs & devalues women/falls in love & has affair w/Anna Sergeyevna (younger woman) in Yalta/both marriedAnton Chekhov
Desiree marries Armand/have a child w/dark skin/believed to be black/Armand scorns Desiree for adultry & dismisses her/she takes the baby into a bayou never to be seen againKate Chopin
Legrand bitten by title creature/servant Jupiter gets Legrand's friend/Legrand deciphers secret message-they look for Capt Kidd's buried treasure/popularized ciphersEdgar Allan Poe
Set in 2081/Handicapper General ensures all Americans are completely equal/mother Hazel can't think for extended periods/father George wears radio to counteract intelligenceKurt Vonnegut
Homeless Soapy tries but fails to get arrested to stay at jail/after having an epiphany outside a church to turn his life around he is arrested for loitering/imprisoned 3 monthsO Henry
Narrator is condemned by Spanish Inquisition/in cell escapes from one device when rats chew through ropes only to have red hot wall push him toward pit/rescued by FrenchEdgar Allan Poe
Cherokee Sal dies in childbirth but gives birth to namesake character in a poor gold-prospecting camp/miners believe the boy brings good luck but he dies with Kentuck in a floodBret Harte
Collection of short stories containing the collections The Garden of Forking Paths and ArtificesJorges Luis Borges
A deaf old man stays in the title location late into the night/younger waiter hurries home to his wife/older waiter keeps the old man companyErnest Hemmingway
Yoshihide commissioned by Lord Horikawa to paint Buddhist hell/totures apprentices to paint suffering/wants lady burnt in carriage but it's his daughter/finishes & commits suicideRyƫnosuke Akutagawa
Rider a strong, large negro on McCaslin plantation buries his wife quickly when she dies/kills Birdsong at sawmill for cheating at dice/Isaac & Roth discuss 'spirit buck'William Faulkner
SynopsisShort StoryAuthor
Narrator kills wife with axe after she stops him from killing titular creature/seals her body in a brick wall but unknowingly seals creature as well/creature's wail gives him awayEdgar Allan Poe
Aylmer is a scientist who drops his work to marry Georgianna/She is perfect except for the titular blemish/He makes a potion to remove it/When it fades entirely, she diesNathaniel Hawthorne
Man vs Nature story/inexperienced man attempts to travel through Yukon but gets soaked and dies trying to meet friendsJack London
Prince Prospero hides with other nobles in his abbey to escape titular disease/at maquerade mysterious figure disguised as disease victim appears who kills them allEdgar Allan Poe
Bill Driscoll and Sam abduct Johnny (9 year old son of Ebenezer Dorset)/he terrorizes his captors into releasing himO. Henry
Jimmy Valentine (alias Ralph Spencer)/expert safecracker/released from prison/pursued by inspector Price/goes clean/weds Annabel Adams/starts shoe store/cracks safe to save girlO. Henry
Young city girl Sylvia comes to live w/grandmother in country/meet ornithologist hunter seeking rare bird/she sees it/can't decide whether to tell him/discovers passion for countrySarah Orne Jewett
Set in computerized house in 2026 in city destroyed by nukes/house functions though humans are gone/burns at end/title from Sara Teasdale poemRay Bradbury (Martian Chronicles)
Paul convinces Uncle Oscar Cresswell & Bassett to bet on racehorses/he rides childhood toy to determine Derby winner/wins 80,000 pounds & dies that nightD.H. Lawrence
A man labors to dream a man into existence and succeeds with help from the Fire god/later when about to be consumed by fire he realizes he is only someone else's dreamJorges Luis Borges
Collection of 7 related pieces of short fiction, sometimes considered a novel/most prominent character is Isaac McCaslin (Uncle Ike)/McCaslin & Beauchamp familiesWilliam Faulkner
Sanger Rainsford falls off ship and lands on Zaroff's island where he is hunted like wild animal/kills ZaroffRichard Connell
Gavin Stephens is sent by Millie Beauchamp to find her grandson Samuel/he is executed in IL/Gavin brings body back to Yoknapatawpha County for burial/new attitude toward blacksWilliam Faulkner
Lucas Beauchamp allows daughter to marry Wilkins b/c he frames him with distillery/Lucas finds gold coin & searches for treasure/black & white sides of McCaslin familyWilliam Faulkner
Banker & lawyer bet 2 million rubles that lawyer can't spend 15 years in solitary confinement/studies & renounces worldy things/banker plans to kill him b/c bet will bankrupt himAnton Chekhov
Young ship captain in Brit cargo ship off Siam (Thailand) rescues escaped convict from nearby ship/convict was sailor arrested for killing another sailor in fightJoseph Conrad
Dee explores her African heritage after dating Hakim-a-barber/Mama refuses her the family quilts promising them to shy younger sister MaggieAlice Walker
Grandmother convinces son Bailey to take family to east Tennessee/after wrecking car Misfit and 2 other escaped convicts shoot entire familyFlannery O'Connor
1929 short story which first proposed the 6 Degrees of Separation conceptFrigyes Karinthy (Hungarian)
Free Staters & Republicans of Ireland at war/sniper lights cigarette on parapet & is shot at/enemy shoots his hat & thinks he's dead/checks body & is killed/was his brotherLiam O'Flaherty
An allegory of the US and Soviet Union nuclear arms race/neighboring Chinese villages constantly reshape their wallsRay Bradbury
SynopsisShort StoryAuthor
A secret committe in title location exiles John Oakhurst, the Duchess, Mother Shipton & Uncle Billy for 'immorality'/they meet Piney Woods and fiancee Tom Simson/stuck in snowstormBret Harte
Harry dying of gangrene on mountain goes thru series of memories/spends time w/wife Helen & dies at end/split narration: reality & dreamErnest Hemmingway
Title character is left at the altar by George/she longs for her children Cornelia, Hapsy, Lydia, & Jimmy as she prepares to dieKatherine Anne Porter
A Paduan scientist nurtures his daughter on poisonous plants/neighbor Giovanni drinks antidote gives it to Beatrice and she dies/included in Mosses and ManseNathaniel Hawthorne
Stella-Rondo and Shirley-T return home to China Grove, MS/Sister moves to title structure b/c Stella-Rondo turns Mama and Papa Daddy against herEudora Welty
Based upon author's experience surviving shipwreck off FL coast/4 men (correspondent, captain, cook, oiler) try to get to shore in dinghy after shipwreck/Billie (oiler) diesStephen Crane
Texas marshall Jack Potter returns home with new bride/gunslinger Scratchy Wilson drunkenly plans to attack him/changes mind after seeing him w/brideStephen Crane
Post-apocalyptic/Forest People battle more advanced Hill People/John (tribal priest) travels from home near Hudson River to forbidden area (New York City)Stephen Vincent Benet
Montressor takes revenge on Fortunato whom he lures into a wine cellar and immures there/leaving him to starve to deathEdgar Allan Poe
Title character loves Homer Barron, a Northern foreman who takes her on Sunday drives in buggy/upon death townspeople discover she poisoned him & stored corpse in upstairs bedroomWilliam Faulkner
Kino discovers title object but buyers attempt to rip him off/he & Juana seek treatment for son Coyotito for scorpion biteJohn Steinbeck
Isaac McCaslin hunts Old Ben w/Ben Hogganback and Lion the dog/they kill him but Lion & Sam are killed/Isaac inherits but renounces McCaslin estateWilliam Faulkner
Title character & wife Margot big game hunting in Africa w/Wilson/wife shoots him b/c he panicks when charged by lion & sleeps w/Wilson/kills him shooting at buffalo next dayErnest Hemmingway
Elderly African-American Phoenix Jackson walks through the woods to Natchez Mississippi to get medicine for her grandson who swallowed lyeEudora Welty
John Unger is invited to visit schoolmate Percy's house in Montana, where his family owns a mountain consisting of one diamond/F. Scott Fitzgerald
Shakyamuni looks thru lotus-pond in Paradise & sees Hell/Buddha gives Kandata (criminal) title object to climb out of Pool of Blood/breaks when he tells others it's his aloneRyƫnosuke Akutagawa
Semi-autobiographical/set year after stock market crash (1929)/flashbacks to 'Jazz Age'/how character adapted to Great Depression/alcoholic man tries to regain custody of his childF Scott Fitzgerald
Point in space that contains all other points/can see universe from all angles/Daneri has one he is using to finish poem/narrarator sees it & thinks Daneri is trying to kill himJorge Luis Borges
The Narrarator moves in with Almira Todd, an apothecary/Later moves out and rents a schoolhouse where she can focus on her work/Has a discussion with a ship captainSarah Orne Jewett

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