O. Henry was a master of the short story. Some say this is his best short story. It was published in 1904. It tells of a mysterious woman writer who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. See if you can figure out the murder at the end of the story. Why does the storyteller throw away the yellow button?
Poe created the first detective in fiction in this story. Written in 1844, it tells how a detective named Auguste Dupin solves a robbery. People say that Poe influenced modern detective fiction when he wrote a series of stories about the brilliant mind of Auguste Dupin. More
Our story today is called "Athenaise" by Kate Chopin. Women in the United States long wanted to be independent. This classic American Story tells about a young married woman in the Bayou of Louisiana who questions her role as a wife. Can she have her personal liberty and stay married to Mr. Cazeau? More