One of Chekhov's most famous pieces of short fiction, "The Lady with the Dog" tells the story of a scandalous affair between an unhappily married Moscow banker and a young married woman that begins when they meet while vacationing separately. Listen now to hear how the romance unfolds.
Known as a comedic short story about romance, "Eve's Diary" is one of Mark Twain's notable works published in 1906. The story is written in the style of a diary kept by Eve, the first woman in the biblical creation story, and her entries about life and meeting Adam. Listen now to laugh along.
This story is a more melancholy one, being about a man seeking his lost lover who disappeared. He finds her eventually, but not in the way that he was expecting. He can smell her and feel her, but he cannot find her anywhere. The past is eventually revealed, but what happened? Listen now.
Succeeding Chekhov's prequel story "Goosebumps," "About Love" picks up right where the previous story left off. It is told from the perspective of main character and protagonist Alyohin. The theme is that of true love not always being bound by marital relations and can sometimes be unexpected.
"The Coming-Out of Maggie" by O. Henry us a short story about Irish woman Maggie Toole who grows tired of going to weekly dances with her best friend Anna and instead wants to go with a man of her liking. Little does she know her desires will turn into her finding herself caught in a love triangle.
Published in 1906 by O. Henry, "Lost on Dress Parade" is another entertaining and clever short story about the consequences of pretending to be someone you are not, and perhaps the opportunities missed when you create a false reality. Main character Mr. Towers Chandler learns this the hard way.
Another short story by Anton Chekhov, "Gooseberries" is the second one in what has become known as "The Little Trilogy" which also includes "About Love" and "The Man in the Case." Its underlying theme is that of the quest for fulfillment, and we see this come to life as the story unfolds. Listen now.