Frances Hodgson Burnett by Herbert Rose Barraud (1845-1896). Image is in the Public Domain via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=246112.

Manners

This time we have collected a set of stories on the subject of manners by prolific writer Frances Hodgson Burnett who was a turn of the 20th century feminist, most known for her children’s novels Little Lord Fauntleroy (published in 1885–1886), A Little Princess (1905), and The Secret Garden (1911).

This first is Surly Tim: A Lancashire Story, which is a rare sad story of Burnett’s; described as melodramatic with a Christian message. The piece is set in Lancashire where Burnett spent her childhood.
Then there is Mère Giraud’s Little Daughter; a sweet piece with an open ending that may cause some feelings of nostalgia. Be warned!
Lastly, Seth is described as an early feminism piece with a somewhat surprising ending that concerns mine work and the changing attitudes towards women, and which is of interest to fans of Burnett’s more mature work.

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These stories were hand-curated for you by Jumbelbook in .ePub and .mobi format and sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
Surly Tim: A Lancashire Story by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Seth by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mère Giraud’s Little Daughter by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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Secret Agent [illustration] by Ben Crowder - from: Flickr, license: CC BY-SA 2.0 via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19091142

American Detectives [Repackaged]

Here is part two of the repackaged Detective bundle [see Part I here]. This time we have two stories for you from American and Canadian literature.

The Leak by Jacques Futrelle is a story about a leak in a financial institution which is costing the firm a substantial amount of money and with which master detective Professor August Van Dusen is tasked to uncover.
Futrelle was a turn of the 19th century American journalist and mystery writer who died during the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912.

The second is The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain, a tragic story published in 1882. This piece centers around a Siamese white elephant that disappears en route to Britain where it was to be presented to the queen, and the detective team that is tasked to find it.
I was also going to write an intro to Mark Twain here but does he really need one? ;)

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The Leak by Jacques Futrelle
The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain

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Family

Family can be a wonderful thing but we all know that it doesn’t always come easily. Today we have three stories that centre around strained or problematic family relationships.

The first piece is In His Absence by Marilyn Duarte and is a non-fiction excerpt of memoir.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Marilyn writes screenplays, stage plays and works of nonfiction. She received the Audience Choice award at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario for her screenplay, BRAZILIAN WAX, which she co-wrote, and was invited to join the CBS and HBO sponsored story development workshop and writer’s lab hosted by NALIP in Los Angeles, California. She is a Hambidge Fellow, and a DISQUIET alumna. You can find more information on her website at marilynduartewriter.com.

The second story is The Father with Two Faces by Alexander Findlay. This is a piece about the experiences of an ordinary man; a father and an Evocatus (returning soldier) named Gaius Aquilius, who faces the duality of returning from violence and raising children.
Alexander Findlay was born in Durban, South Africa in 1985. Whilst he majored in Linguistics and French, Alex took some electives in English and Classical Civilizations and has always been passionate about literature and history. Alex currently resides in Israel where he works as a Cameraman, Photographer and Editor. Writing has always been his passion but he took a long time to commit before completing his first project, The Father With Two Faces.“. If you enjoy Alex’s writing and wish to read more by this author as he progresses in the craft, you can follow him on Facebook @wildwolfcreative.

The last piece in the bundle is Catori’s Sea Moth by Shelby Curran. It is a story that explores themes of family, coming of age and the construction of government. When Catori discovers a rare treasure on her socialist island, she is faced with the ghosts of her past and the wrath of her people.
Shelby Curran recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English: Editing, Writing and Media. She currently works as an Editorial Assistant at Scholastic. Her work has appeared in The Miami Herald, Panoply (Editors’ Choice), Snapdragon Journal, The Write Launch and elsewhere. You can follow her on Instagram @shelbyecurran.

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AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR. Image extracted from page 052 of Lapland Life; or, summer adventures in the Arctic Regions. ... Second edition, by MACKINNON, Donald Hilaro Ouseley Dimsdale. Original held and digitised by the British Library; from Flickr. [Public Domain] via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34957448.

English Detectives [Repackaged]

Having distributed bundles on this blog for a while now, we came to the conclusion that the first few bundles we did would not stand up to the quality we would produce now. So we decided to take the Detective bundle, rip it apart and repackage it as two individual (better quality) bundles.
The first in the set is a two-piece of English literature stories.

The first piece is The Man Who Drove the Car by Max Pemberton. Sir Pemberton (1863-1950) was a popular British novelist and journalist. He wrote mainly adventure and mysteries and this story is no exception. The tale tells about a driver listening to and unravelling the cons of his various passengers. This piece figuratively lets you take a backseat on all the action!

The second is My Friend The Murderer by the inimitable Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Holmes fame. Published in 1882, the piece tells the story of a criminal who avoids the scaffold by selling out his comrades. But kind of life remains when one has no friends left?

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These stories are in the public domain and were sources from Project Gutenberg:
The Man Who Drove the Car by Max Pemberton
My Friend The Murderer by Arthur Conan Doyle

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El viaxeru. D'Eduardo Úrculo. Photo by Astur [Public Domain] via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4377840.

Travelogues

It’s the season of travel for me again and so I wanted to bundle together a few stories by Anthony Trollope, a prolific writer who was amongst other accomplishments famous for his stories on the subject of travel.

The Man Who Kept His Money in a Box shows us that even back in the day it does not do to travel with too many riches, for what happens when they are lost?

A Ride Across Palestine is a story about people who dislike traveling by themselves. Quite controversial for the times, Trollope addresses gender-foolery and homoerotic fantasy, to such an extent that that Trollope’s contemporaries criticized him for being a “person of morbid imagination and low tone of morals”.

An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids is another piece that was ahead of its time, wherein an unmarried woman decides to explore Egypt, unaccompanied by a man. A story that highlights the plight of independent women, and more general plights any seasoned traveller will recognise.

Returning Home is a natural closing piece since it has a homeward journey as its main focus. Though as with any journey there is a risk of arrangements going astray and dispair of completing the trip altogether.

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The Man Who Kept His Money in a Box by Anthony Trollope
A Ride Across Palestine by Anthony Trollope
An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids by Anthony Trollope
Returning Home by Anthony Trollope

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Omen from the Gods

Perhaps the solar eclipse excitement has come and gone for many of you, but this past week has certainly been the culmination of a lot of anticipation for a lot people so I wanted to stay in that theme for a little longer and commemorate this extraordinary event with a story bundle.

I couldn’t find any stories on the subject of an eclipse itself. However, all the way back to antiquity man has seen celestial events as signals from the gods, and often a death omen. That lead me to look up two pieces; one featuring the greek gods (who are the patrons of meting out of misery onto humankind), and a story about the dead affecting the living. There’s not a lot of coherence between these two stories as a pair but individually they’re excellent, and we have free some bonus material to offer as a companion to the these too. Let’s get to it!

The first is Ixion In Heaven by Benjamin Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield. Disraeli was a 19th century writer and twice prime minister of Britain, and the only PM of jewish birth. In Ixion in Heaven he retold the greek myth about Ixion, the king of Thessaly, and what happens to him when he takes his motto ‘Adventure is for the adventurous’ to the max and attempts to seduce the queen of the greek gods, Hera.
The second is The Dead Are Silent by Arthur Schnitzler, who was a 20th century Austrian playwright and author. The Dead Are Silent, one of Schnitzler’s, lesser known short stories is a piece about skeletons in the closet and guilt affect interpersonal relationships.

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BONUS
We’ve found some great companion content for these stories!

Ixion In Heaven by Benjamin Disraeli is featured as an audiobook on YouTube by Short Story Café.

And there’s also a short film made as a student project based on The Dead Are Silent by Arthur Schnitzler

Hope you enjoy!

These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
Ixion In Heaven by Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield.
The Dead Are Silent by Arthur Schnitzler.

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From The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, 1920 [Public Domain] via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38969645.

Princesses and Fairy Tales

This weekend I was at a renaissance fair surrounded by kings, queens, princes and princesses, royalty, nobility, knights and other swordsmen, and even a elf, fairy and goblin or two. This inspired me to hand-curated a bundle for you with fairy tales.

The first is The Princess And The Jewel Doctor by Robert Hichens. It’s a story written in fairy tale-style about a Russian princess who is afraid of going blind and who, in Tunis, desperately seeks a cure. Notably, Hichens was one of six quartermasters on board the HMS Titanic and was at the ship’s wheel when the Titanic struck the iceberg and sunk on her maiden voyage on April 15th, 1912.
The second piece is a set of fairy stories by George MacDonald, called Cross Purposes and The Shadows. This trio revolves around the fairy queen finding her court too dull and who sets her fairies to find humans for their entertainment. George MacDonald was a Scottish author and poet who was particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, and who inspired many fantasy authors.

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The Princess And The Jewel Doctor by Robert Hichens
Cross Purposes and The Shadows by George MacDonald

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The Bathing Partu by Édouard-Henri Avril [Public Domain] via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=975604

Sexual Relations

Another week of novelty at Jumbelbook. This time we have a hand-curated bundle on the subject of sexual relations but for the first time there is a non-fiction piece included!

The first story is Kings Queens and the Peasants by George Gad Economou. A great piece in which lifestyle and idleness clash into fascinating interpersonal relationships.
George Gad Economou, a professional drinker born in Athens, Greece in 1990, has recently finished his Master’s degree in Science Studies at Aarhus University and is currently living in Athens, sending out CVs to any job ad he comes across. His first novel, The Elixir of Youth, was published in Greece in 2010, and his English short stories have appeared in horror outlets, such as Black Petals, Blood Moon Rising, and the inaugural issue of The Chamber Magazine.

The second piece is The Catch by Ty Spencer Vossler. A good fisherman is patient. Luis wants to sleep with Wyler’s beautiful Mexican wife, Lucia, and has waited for the right time to cast his line. He catches a very good time.
Ty Spencer Vossler (MFA) currently lives in Tlaxcala, Mexico with his BMW (beautiful Mexican wife) and their daughter. He is a prolific writer, and has published over seventy works in the past three years, including novels, novellas, many short stories, poems and essays. Vossler’s work has appeared on four continents. He attributes his originality to the fact that he shot his television over two decades ago. Recently, he published The Eye of Espinoza (World Castle Books).

The inaugural piece of non-fiction is The Freaks’ Roll Call by Leon Horton; a humorous piece regarding perceptions of sexual deviancy and how they have changed over the last thirty years. This piece has previously been published by International Times.
Leon Horton is a cultural journalist and features writer. After gaining his masters degree from the University of Salford, he worked as a court reporter at Manchester Crown Court, cut his teeth on local magazines, enjoyed a caretaker stint as the editor of Old Trafford News then returned to freelance writing. His work is published in International Times, Literary Heist, Nexus New Times, the Animals’ Voice, Empty Mirror and Erotic Review. Leon lives in Manchester, England.

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The Ale-House Door (1790) by Henry Singleton [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AHenry_Singleton_The_Ale-House_Door_c._1790.jpg

Watering Hole

Today we have a new hand-curated bundle for you! We received two submissions of contemporary pieces that spoke to our sensibilities because like ourselves, both stories had a main character visiting a bar, and we just love a well-used barkeep trope!

The first is Falls the Shadow by Jack Coey, where a man finds a new perspective at a most unlikely watering hole. The author is a person of mystery but purportedly sits on a bench & makes up stories about whatever walks by.

The second piece is Pontificating Apologies by Jim Freeze and is about a journalist who can’t resist returning to a certain watering hole because of the tall tales of one of its inhabitants.
Jim Freeze is seventy-one years old and retired. He has been happily married for fifty-two years and has two grown sons along with two grandchildren. He began writing in early 2012 to have something to do. His short stories have been featured in several publications including Brilliant Flash Fiction, Calliope Magazine and The Original Writer.

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Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga. [Public Domain] Scanned post card, dated 1907 via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2983773

New York

This week we have a friend staying with us. He is on a road trip which will take him on his way to New York. And what’s better than to take a hand-curated e-book of short stories with you!

Today we have two stories for you which have something to do with New York. The first one is The Tipster by Edwin Lefèvre. Born in Columbia, Lefèvre was a journalist turned stock broker who was born to an immigrant father and educated in the U.S. Best known for his bundle Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Lefèvre published several novels and stories with money and finance as the subject.
The second story is the much more light-hearted; The Courtship of Susan Bell by Anthony Trollope. Set in Saratoga Springs, New York, this story revolves around 19-year-old Susan, the naïve daughter of a boarding house owner, who is set aflutter by the arrival of a handsome young lodger.

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The Tipster by Edwin Lefevre
The Courtship of Susan Bell by Anthony Trollope

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