Expanding the Arc

From Analysis to Argument

Short Stories

Francis Bacon.   Of Studies

Honoré De Balzac     A Passion in the Desert

Stephen Vincent Benét     The Devil and Daniel Webster

Ambrose Bierce     The Boarded Window

Ambrose Bierce     An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Ivan Bunin     The Gentleman from San Francisco

Willa Cather      Paul’s Case

Anton Chekhov     The Darling

Anton Chekhov     The Lady with the Dog

Kate Chopin     The Storm

Kate Chopin     The Story of an Hour

Joseph Conrad     Youth

Stephen Crane     The Blue Hotel

Stephen Crane     The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

Stephen Crane      The Open Boat

F. Scott Fitzgerald     Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Anatole France      The Procurator of Judea

Charlotte Perkins Gilman     The Yellow Wallpaper

Nikolai Gogol     The Overcoat

Bret Harte     The Luck of Roaring Camp

Nathaniel Hawthorne     The Birth-Mark

Nathaniel Hawthorne     Young Goodman Brown

Nathaniel Hawthorne     The Minister's Black Veil: A Parable

O. Henry     A Municipal Report

W.W. Jacobs     The Monkey's Paw

James Joyce     Araby

James Joyce     Clay

James Joyce     The Dead (1914)

James Joyce    Eveline

Jack London     To Build a Fire

Thomas Mann     Disorder and Early Sorrow

Katherine Mansfield     Bliss

Katherine Mansfield     Miss Brill

W. Somerset Maugham    Rain

Guy de Maupassant     The Necklace

Herman Melville     Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

Edgar Allan Poe     The Cask of Amontillado

Edgar Allan Poe     The Mask of the Red Death

Edgar Allan Poe    The Tell-Tale Heart

Saki: H. H. Monroe      Tobermory

Robert Louis Stevenson      A Lodging for the Night

Leo N. Tolstoy      God Sees the Truth, But Waits

Leo Tolstoy     The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Mark Twain     The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County



Matthew Arnold      Dover Beach  


Robert Browning    My Last Duchess  


T.S. Eliot     The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (text p. 351)


William Blake     from Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Samuel Taylor Coleridge     Kubla Khan Or, a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment

Stephen Crane     from War is Kind

Emily Dickenson     Poems

John Donne     From Songs and Sonnets

T. S. Eliot     Preludes

Robert Frost    Poems

Thomas Hardy      Poems

George Herbert      from The Temple

Robert Herrick     from Hesperides

A. E. Houseman     from A Shropshire Lad

John Keats      Odes

Christopher Marlowe     The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

Andrew Marvell     To His Coy Mistress

John Milton     Sonnets

Wilfred Owen     Dulce Et Decorum Est

Ezra Pound     In a Station of the Metro

Sir Walter Raleigh     The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd

E. A. Robinson    Mr. Flood’s Party

William Shakespeare     15 Sonnets

Alfred, Lord Tennyson     Three Poems

William Butler Yeats     Two Poems



Henrik Ibsen      A Doll’s House

William Shakespeare     The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

William Shakespeare     Othello: The Moore of Venice

George Bernard Shaw     Candida (1897)