Short Story of the Day
The Short Story of the Day features works by Anton Chekhov, Jack London, Louisa May Alcott, H.H. Munro (SAKI), Guy de Maupassant, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, O. Henry, Ambrose Bierce, and many others. An archive of all the stories featured to date can be found here.Note that many of these names aren't actually American authors, but this still sounds like a good way to expand your knowledge of literature. (If you'd like extra credit, feel free to read and blog about the story of the day, if the mood strikes you.)
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