The Golden Argosy

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The Golden Argosy: The Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language
First edition
PublisherDial Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)

The Golden Argosy: The Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language is an anthology edited by Charles Grayson and Van H. Cartmell, and published by Dial Press in 1955. It is famous for being the favorite book of novelist Stephen King.


I'm a fool by Sherwood Anderson

The happy hypocrite by Max Beerbohm

The devil and Daniel Webster by Stephen Vincent Benét

The damned thing by Ambrose Bierce

The Chink and the child by Thomas Burke

Paul's case by Willa Cather

Back for Christmas by John Collier

Youth by Joseph Conrad

The bar sinister by Richard Harding Davis

The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle

A rose for Emily by William Faulkner

Old Man Minick by Edna Ferber

The rich boy by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The celestial omnibus by E.M. Forster

The three strangers by Thomas Hardy

The outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

The killers by Ernest Hemingway

The gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gioconda smile by Aldous Huxley

The monkey's paw by W.W. Jacobs

The man who would be king by Rudyard Kipling

The incarnation of Krishna Mulvaney by Rudyard Kipling

Champion by Ring Lardner

To build a fire by Jack London

The fly by Katherine Mansfield

Rain by W. Somerset Maugham

Big blonde by Dorothy Parker

The murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

The gold-bug by Edgar Allan Poe

Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter

Tobermory by Saki

The leader of the people by John Steinbeck

Markheim by Robert L. Stevenson

A lodging for the night by Robert L. Stevenson

The lady or the tiger? by Frank R. Stockton

Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington

The secret life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber

The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

The other wise man by Henry Van Dyke

Chickamauga by Thomas Wolfe