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Classic American Short Stories Compiled by Michael Kelahan

Classic American Short Stories Compiled by Michael Kelahan

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Classic American Short Stories is a celebration of the perfection of the short story as a revered form of storytelling in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America. This volume showcases the work of twenty-seven distinguished authors, each recognized as a significant figure in American literature. From Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Henry James, Mark Twain, and H.P. Lovecraft, these celebrated authors have crafted timeless tales that have captivated audiences for generations.

The collection includes fifty classic tales, such as:

  • The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
  • The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  • A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Paul's Case by Willa Cather
  • Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Each tale has been carefully selected for its enduring appeal, ensuring that Classic American Short Stories is a collection that will delight and inspire readers for many years to come.


Our leatherbound and vintage books are not only captivating reads but also crafted treasures that are a testament to superior craftsmanship and commitment to quality. Each book you receive has been through a rigorous inspection process at every stage to meet our exacting standards. Here are some features that set our books apart:

  • Genuine Leather Binding: Each book is fully bound in genuine leather, providing a rich, luxurious feel and durability.
  • 22kt Gold Inlay: A deep inlay of 22kt gold adorns the hubbed spine of each book, adding to its elegance and charm.
  • Acid-Neutral Paper: We print our books on acid-neutral paper that withstands the test of time, allowing them to be passed down for generations.
  • Sewn Pages: Unlike ordinary books which are merely glued, our pages are sewn for longevity and ease of reading.
  • Moiré Endpages and Satin-Ribbon Page Marker: Each book includes handsome moiré endpages and is fitted with a satin-ribbon page marker for easy reference.
  • Gilded Page Ends: To enhance the beauty and luxury of our books, the ends of the pages are gilded.
  • Printed and Bound in the USA: We take pride in the fact that our books are printed and bound in the USA, using imported materials of the highest quality.

Our passion for superb craftsmanship is apparent in every book we offer, ensuring a quality reading experience beyond compare.

Book Care

Taking proper care of your leatherbound and vintage books can significantly extend their lifespan and preserve the beauty of their binding. Here are some general guidelines to ensure your precious books last for generations:

  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Over time, direct sunlight can cause the leather to fade and degrade. Always store your books away from direct sunlight.
  • Keep Books Dry: Leather and humidity don't mix well. Keep your books in a dry, well-ventilated environment to prevent mold growth.
  • Avoid High Temperatures: High heat can dry out the leather, leading to cracks. Room temperature is ideal for your books.
  • Clean Regularly: Dust your books with a soft cloth. For deeper cleaning, consider a gentle leather cleaner, but always spot-test first.
  • Handle with Clean Hands: Oils and dirt from your hands can damage the pages and leather over time. Ensure your hands are clean and dry before handling.

Remember, these are books to be loved, respected, and passed down - your care ensures their stories continue to be told.


The following are the key specifications of the Classic American Short Stories:

  • Title: Classic American Short Stories
  • Format: 800 pages, Leather Bound
  • Published: April 28, 2013 by Sterling
  • ISBN: 9781435129122 (ISBN10: 1435129121)
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Fully bound in genuine leather
  • Printing: Printed on acid-neutral paper in the USA
  • Spine: Adorned with a deep inlay of 22kt gold
  • Pages: Sewn, not glued
  • Endpages: Moiré, with a satin-ribbon page marker
  • Page Ends: Gilded
  • Authors: Collection of works from 27 distinguished authors including Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and H.P. Lovecraft
  • Number of Stories: 50
  • Country of Origin: Printed and bound in the USA with imported materials
  • Quality Assurance: Rigorously inspected at all stages to meet exacting standards
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