We will read a variety of short stories from a number of authors, including Mark Twain, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ring Lardner, O Henry, Charles Dickens, Shirley Jackson, and more. We will discuss one short story in class each day - for a total of eight stories! We will analyze the stories on the basis of plot, character development, and theme. And we will look at the prose styles of the various authors. Each story should take no more than about an hour to read. So, this will be a fun and educational class, perfect for the summer!