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Title Author Time to Read NGSL Popularity Beginning
Title Author Time to Read Popularity
2 B R 0 2 B Kurt Vonnegut
(1922-2007)
10min
  2,441 Words
60.8% Everything was perfectly swell.
2 B R 0 2 B Kurt Vonnegut
NGSL: 60.8%
Everything was perfectly swell.
The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe
(1809-1849)
10min
  2,197 Words
54.7% The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult,...
The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe
NGSL: 54.7%
The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as I best could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.
Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures Heinrich Hoffmann
(1809-1894)
10min
  2,375 Words
60.3% [Transcriber's Note: This book was first published in German in 1844, and in English translation ...
Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures Heinrich Hoffmann
NGSL: 60.3%
[Transcriber's Note: This book was first published in German in 1844, and in English translation in 1848.
The Masque of the Red Death Edgar Allan Poe
(1809-1849)
10min
  2,241 Words
45.7% The "Red Death" had long devastated the country.
The Masque of the Red Death Edgar Allan Poe
NGSL: 45.7%
The "Red Death" had long devastated the country.
The Gift of the Magi O. Henry
(1862-1910)
10min
  1,938 Words
58.4% One dollar and eighty-seven cents.
The Gift of the Magi O. Henry
NGSL: 58.4%
One dollar and eighty-seven cents.
Rabbits Have Long Ears Lawrence F. Willard
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10min
  2,811 Words
61.9% Commander Losure gave orders to his navigator to bring the ship in on the satellite out of sight ...
Rabbits Have Long Ears Lawrence F. Willard
NGSL: 61.9%
Commander Losure gave orders to his navigator to bring the ship in on the satellite out of sight of the prying telescopes which no doubt existed on such an invitingly green planet.
The Used People Lot Irving E. Fang
(1929-2016)
10min
  2,058 Words
68.4% It's had it.
The Used People Lot Irving E. Fang
NGSL: 68.4%
It's had it.
China and Pottery Marks Unknown
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10min
  2,316 Words
59.6% 15 EAST 56th STREET NEW YORK _Traditions and Old China_ _Copyright, 1920, Gilman Collamore...
China and Pottery Marks Unknown
NGSL: 59.6%
15 EAST 56th STREET NEW YORK _Traditions and Old China_ _Copyright, 1920, Gilman Collamore & Company, Inc._ _Traditions and Old China_ From early days when the ancients showed their ap...
Homecoming Miguel Hidalgo
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10min
  2,827 Words
57.8% The large horse plodded slowly over the shifting sand.
Homecoming Miguel Hidalgo
NGSL: 57.8%
The large horse plodded slowly over the shifting sand.
Moby Dick Herman Melville
(1819-1891)
10min
  1,524 Words
56.1% Born in New York City, the son of New England merchant.
Moby Dick Herman Melville
NGSL: 56.1%
Born in New York City, the son of New England merchant.
Cautionary Tales for Children Hilaire Belloc
(1870-1953)
10min
  2,701 Words
68.2% CAUTIONARY TALES FOR CHILDREN _Designed for the Admonition of Children between the ages of ei...
Cautionary Tales for Children Hilaire Belloc
NGSL: 68.2%
CAUTIONARY TALES FOR CHILDREN _Designed for the Admonition of Children between the ages of eight and fourteen years_ Verses by H. BELLOC Pictures by B. T. B. [Illustration] DUCKWORT...
A Message to Garcia Being a Preachment Elbert Hubbard
(1856-1915)
10min
  2,486 Words
63.6% APOLOGIA HORSE SENSE If you work for a man, in Heaven's name work for him.
A Message to Garcia Being a Preachment Elbert Hubbard
NGSL: 63.6%
APOLOGIA HORSE SENSE If you work for a man, in Heaven's name work for him.
The Downhill Side of Thirty Virgil F. Shockley
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10min
  2,088 Words
64.2% Chuck Dane patted shaving lotion on his face, enjoying the second of vicious sting.
The Downhill Side of Thirty Virgil F. Shockley
NGSL: 64.2%
Chuck Dane patted shaving lotion on his face, enjoying the second of vicious sting.
Beyond Lies the Wub Philip K. Dick
(1928-1982)
10min
  2,596 Words
65.1% _The slovenly wub might well have said: Many men talk like philosophers and live like fools._ ...
Beyond Lies the Wub Philip K. Dick
NGSL: 65.1%
_The slovenly wub might well have said: Many men talk like philosophers and live like fools._ They had almost finished with the loading.
Mozart : The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts Thomas Tapper
(1864-1958)
10min
  1,611 Words
76.1% CHILD'S OWN BOOK _of Great Musicians_ ...
Mozart : The story of a little boy and his sister who gave concerts Thomas Tapper
NGSL: 76.1%
CHILD'S OWN BOOK _of Great Musicians_ MOZART [Illustration] _By_ ...
The Last Brave Invader Charles L. Fontenay
(1917-2007)
10min
  2,755 Words
59.2% Lauria Swept down the spiral staircase in regal dignity, and wished there were someone there to w...
The Last Brave Invader Charles L. Fontenay
NGSL: 59.2%
Lauria Swept down the spiral staircase in regal dignity, and wished there were someone there to witness her entrance.
The Marrying Man Joseph Farrell
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10min
  2,699 Words
70.3% It wasn't that Pete Cooper didn't love his wives, or that he wanted to see them hurry on into the...
The Marrying Man Joseph Farrell
NGSL: 70.3%
It wasn't that Pete Cooper didn't love his wives, or that he wanted to see them hurry on into the next world.
Short Snorter Charles Einstein
(1926-2007)
10min
  1,976 Words
66.9% Three paths led through the woods away from the resort hotel, and of the three two were clearly m...
Short Snorter Charles Einstein
NGSL: 66.9%
Three paths led through the woods away from the resort hotel, and of the three two were clearly marked: one with a sign that said it led to the lake, the other pointing toward the golf links.
Time Enough at Last Lyn Venable
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10min
  2,225 Words
61.0% For a long time, Henry Bemis had had an ambition.
Time Enough at Last Lyn Venable
NGSL: 61.0%
For a long time, Henry Bemis had had an ambition.
Beyond the Door Philip K. Dick
(1928-1982)
10min
  2,356 Words
69.1% Larry Thomas bought a cuckoo clock for his wife--without knowing the price he would have to pay.
Beyond the Door Philip K. Dick
NGSL: 69.1%
Larry Thomas bought a cuckoo clock for his wife--without knowing the price he would have to pay.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin Robert Browning
(1812-1889)
10min
  2,159 Words
51.6% I. Hamelin Town's in Brunswick, By famous Hanover city; The river Weser, deep an...
The Pied Piper of Hamelin Robert Browning
NGSL: 51.6%
I. Hamelin Town's in Brunswick, By famous Hanover city; The river Weser, deep and wide, Washes its wall on the southern side; A pleasanter spot you never spied; But...
A Little Journey Ray Bradbury
(1920-2012)
10min
  2,424 Words
58.3% She'd paid good money to see the inevitable ...
A Little Journey Ray Bradbury
NGSL: 58.3%
She'd paid good money to see the inevitable ...
The Haunted Mind (From "Twice Told Tales") Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1804-1864)
10min
  1,663 Words
51.2% What a singular moment is the first one, when you have hardly begun to recollect yourself after s...
The Haunted Mind (From "Twice Told Tales") Nathaniel Hawthorne
NGSL: 51.2%
What a singular moment is the first one, when you have hardly begun to recollect yourself after starting from midnight slumber!
Chamber Music James Joyce
(1882-1941)
10min
  2,809 Words
47.6% I Strings in the earth and air Make music sweet; Strings by the river where ...
Chamber Music James Joyce
NGSL: 47.6%
I Strings in the earth and air Make music sweet; Strings by the river where The willows meet.
The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter
(1866-1943)
10min
  2,730 Words
47.7% In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets--when gentlemen w...
The Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter
NGSL: 47.7%
In the time of swords and periwigs and full-skirted coats with flowered lappets--when gentlemen wore ruffles, and gold-laced waistcoats of paduasoy and taffeta--there lived a tailor in Gloucester.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself Mack Reynolds
(1917-1983)
10min
  1,809 Words
63.9% The Place de France is the town's hub.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself Mack Reynolds
NGSL: 63.9%
The Place de France is the town's hub.
The Wonderful "One-Hoss-Shay", and Other Poems Oliver Wendell Holmes
(1809-1894)
10min
  2,165 Words
51.9% (Reprinted from the Atlantic Monthly of September, 1858) With numerous original illustrations by...
The Wonderful "One-Hoss-Shay", and Other Poems Oliver Wendell Holmes
NGSL: 51.9%
(Reprinted from the Atlantic Monthly of September, 1858) With numerous original illustrations by Thomas McIlvaine Frederick A. Stokes Company 1897 [Illustration: 008] [Illustration: 013] [I...
All Cats Are Gray Andre Norton
(1912-2005)
10min
  2,621 Words
59.9% +--------------------------------------------------------------+ | ...
All Cats Are Gray Andre Norton
NGSL: 59.9%
+--------------------------------------------------------------+ | | | Transcriber's note: ...
Ask a Foolish Question Robert Sheckley
(1928-2005)
10min
  2,609 Words
65.4% Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced Science Fiction Stories 1953.
Ask a Foolish Question Robert Sheckley
NGSL: 65.4%
Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced Science Fiction Stories 1953.
The Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography Samuel Butler
(1774-1839)
10min
  1,644 Words
65.7% Edited by Ernest Rhys Note from the Editor of the Electronic version.
The Atlas of Ancient and Classical Geography Samuel Butler
NGSL: 65.7%
Edited by Ernest Rhys Note from the Editor of the Electronic version.
$1,000 a Plate Jack McKenty
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10min
  2,449 Words
71.7% When Marsy Gras shot off its skyrockets, Mars Observatory gave it the works--firew...
$1,000 a Plate Jack McKenty
NGSL: 71.7%
When Marsy Gras shot off its skyrockets, Mars Observatory gave it the works--fireworks!
The Riot Act Great Britain. Parliament
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10min
  2,254 Words
43.6% Full text of the Riot Act (c. 1714-1715) Typed in this February 8, 2002 by Jonathan Walther.
The Riot Act Great Britain. Parliament
NGSL: 43.6%
Full text of the Riot Act (c. 1714-1715) Typed in this February 8, 2002 by Jonathan Walther.
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers; Or, The Roly-Poly Pudding Beatrix Potter
(1866-1943)
10min
  2,542 Words
59.0% Author of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" etc.
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers; Or, The Roly-Poly Pudding Beatrix Potter
NGSL: 59.0%
Author of "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" etc.
The Lady, or the Tiger? Frank Richard Stockton
(1834-1902)
10min
  2,528 Words
61.7% by Frank R. Stockton In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, t...
The Lady, or the Tiger? Frank Richard Stockton
NGSL: 61.7%
by Frank R. Stockton In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king, whose ideas, though somewhat polished and sharpened by the progressiveness of distant Latin neighbors, were still ...
Beethoven : The story of a little boy who was forced to practice Thomas Tapper
(1864-1958)
10min
  2,438 Words
75.1% of the Great Composers for Children," "Music Talks with Children," "First Studies in Music Biogra...
Beethoven : The story of a little boy who was forced to practice Thomas Tapper
NGSL: 75.1%
of the Great Composers for Children," "Music Talks with Children," "First Studies in Music Biography," and others.
On the Decay of the Art of Lying Mark Twain
(1835-1910)
10min
  2,067 Words
53.0% ESSAY, FOR DISCUSSION, READ AT A MEETING OF THE HISTORICAL AND ANTIQUARIAN CLUB OF HARTFORD, AND ...
On the Decay of the Art of Lying Mark Twain
NGSL: 53.0%
ESSAY, FOR DISCUSSION, READ AT A MEETING OF THE HISTORICAL AND ANTIQUARIAN CLUB OF HARTFORD, AND OFFERED FOR THE THIRTY-DOLLAR PRIZE.[*] [*] Did not take the prize.
The Adventure of Two Dutch Dolls and a 'Golliwogg' Bertha Upton
(1849-1912)
10min
  1,861 Words
62.2% DeWolfe, Fiske & Co.
The Adventure of Two Dutch Dolls and a 'Golliwogg' Bertha Upton
NGSL: 62.2%
DeWolfe, Fiske & Co.
Quotes and Images From The Works of Mark Twain Mark Twain
(1835-1910)
10min
  2,741 Words
55.7% QUOTES AND IMAGES FROM MARK TWAIN QUOTATIONS FROM MARK TWAIN SOME OF THE EDITOR'S FAVORI...
Quotes and Images From The Works of Mark Twain Mark Twain
NGSL: 55.7%
QUOTES AND IMAGES FROM MARK TWAIN QUOTATIONS FROM MARK TWAIN SOME OF THE EDITOR'S FAVORITES Aim and object of the law and lawyers was to defeat justice All life seems to be sacred excep...
Zen Jerome Bixby
(1923-1998)
10min
  2,818 Words
59.6% _Because they were so likable and intelligent and adaptable--they were vastly dangerous!_ [Illu...
Zen Jerome Bixby
NGSL: 59.6%
_Because they were so likable and intelligent and adaptable--they were vastly dangerous!_ [Illustration: Illustrated by ASHMAN] It's difficult, when you're on one of the asteroids, to keep from...
The Nothing Equation Tom Godwin
(1915-1980)
10min
  2,796 Words
59.0% [Illustration] The cruiser vanished back into hyperspace and he was alone in the observation bu...
The Nothing Equation Tom Godwin
NGSL: 59.0%
[Illustration] The cruiser vanished back into hyperspace and he was alone in the observation bubble, ten thousand light-years beyond the galaxy's outermost sun.
Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
(1930-1999)
10min
  2,855 Words
55.4% Mr. Emmett did his duty by the visitor from another world--never doubting the right of it.
Year of the Big Thaw Marion Zimmer Bradley
NGSL: 55.4%
Mr. Emmett did his duty by the visitor from another world--never doubting the right of it.
Toy Shop Harry Harrison
(1925-2012)
10min
  1,849 Words
66.3% [Illustration: SHOP] Because there were few adults in the crowd, and Colonel "Biff" Hawton stoo...
Toy Shop Harry Harrison
NGSL: 66.3%
[Illustration: SHOP] Because there were few adults in the crowd, and Colonel "Biff" Hawton stood over six feet tall, he could see every detail of the demonstration.
Slovenly Betsy Heinrich Hoffmann
(1809-1894)
10min
  2,588 Words
59.5% Betsy would never wash herself When from her bed she rose, But just as quickly as she cou...
Slovenly Betsy Heinrich Hoffmann
NGSL: 59.5%
Betsy would never wash herself When from her bed she rose, But just as quickly as she could She hurried on her clothes.
A Dissertation upon Roast Pig Charles Lamb
(1775-1834)
10min
  2,667 Words
45.8% _Illustrated by L. J. Bridgman_ BOSTON D. LOTHROP COMPANY FRANKLIN AND HAWLEY STREETS ...
A Dissertation upon Roast Pig Charles Lamb
NGSL: 45.8%
_Illustrated by L. J. Bridgman_ BOSTON D. LOTHROP COMPANY FRANKLIN AND HAWLEY STREETS COPYRIGHT, 1888 BY D. LOTHROP COMPANY.
The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan Beatrix Potter
(1866-1943)
10min
  2,856 Words
57.0% _Author of_ _"The Tale of Peter Rabbit," &c._ _Pussy-cat sits by the fire--how should she be fai...
The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan Beatrix Potter
NGSL: 57.0%
_Author of_ _"The Tale of Peter Rabbit," &c._ _Pussy-cat sits by the fire--how should she be fair?_ _In walks the little dog--says "Pussy are you there?_ _How do you do Mistress Pussy?
Comic Bible Sketches, Reprinted from "The Freethinker" G. W. (George William) Foote
(1850-1915)
10min
  1,917 Words
55.1% COMIC BIBLE SKETCHES Reprinted From "The Freethinker" By G. W. Foote Part I. London: Progr...
Comic Bible Sketches, Reprinted from "The Freethinker" G. W. (George William) Foote
NGSL: 55.1%
COMIC BIBLE SKETCHES Reprinted From "The Freethinker" By G. W. Foote Part I. London: Progressive Publishing Company 28 Stonecutter Street, E.C. 1885.
The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder A National Toy, With Fourteen Step Scenes; and Illustrations in Ve... William Hone
(1780-1842)
10min
  1,669 Words
50.5% This Pamphlet and the Toy together, One Shilling.
The Queen's Matrimonial Ladder A National Toy, With Fourteen Step Scenes... William Hone
NGSL: 50.5%
This Pamphlet and the Toy together, One Shilling.
The Wives of the Dead (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales") Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1804-1864)
10min
  2,237 Words
57.0% The following story, the simple and domestic incidents of which may be deemed scarcely worth rela...
The Wives of the Dead (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales") Nathaniel Hawthorne
NGSL: 57.0%
The following story, the simple and domestic incidents of which may be deemed scarcely worth relating, after such a lapse of time, awakened some degree of interest, a hundred years ago, in a princi...
War Game Bryce Walton
(1918-1988)
10min
  2,445 Words
60.0% The Minister of Peace asked the United States President if he had heard from the Secretary of State.
War Game Bryce Walton
NGSL: 60.0%
The Minister of Peace asked the United States President if he had heard from the Secretary of State.
Hints on Mountain-Lion Trapping Stanley Paul Young
(1889-1969)
10min
  2,684 Words
60.9% By Stanley P. Young, _Principal Biologist, in Charge, Division of Predatory Animal and Rodent Con...
Hints on Mountain-Lion Trapping Stanley Paul Young
NGSL: 60.9%
By Stanley P. Young, _Principal Biologist, in Charge, Division of Predatory Animal and Rodent Control, Bureau of Biological Survey_ THE AMERICAN MOUNTAIN-LION (_Felis concolor_) is one of the la...
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