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Questions tagged [story-identification]

Use this tag on questions asking for identification of a published story, based on the details you provide within the question. Please be THOROUGH and provide ALL of the details that you can remember when using this tag.

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Wife make investigation officer eat the murder weapon

I remember reading this English short story in school days which was part of our English curriculum during primary school 18-19 years ago. Plot: It starts with wife killing her husband with turkey or ...
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Chekhov story involving a “peeping tom” priest and a newly married couple?

The story takes place on a ship and involves the priest spying on the newlyweds couple in their cabin. Can't remember the title though. (It was re-published in one of his short story collections in ...
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The Merchant of Venice

İs there any short version of the merchant of Venice to play? We are going to play it in our class but the problem is that the story is too long and we don't have enough time for all of it. I need a ...
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What's the name of that short story written by C.S. Lewis about female vanity?

There's a short story written by the Christian author C.S. Lewis concerning the vanity and solipsism of women, but, for the life of me, I cannot remember the name, and a Google search proved fruitless....
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Book about a kid that encounters a foreign girl during holidays and invents a new language

I am searching for a book I read around 10 years ago (in French). The story was about a family going on vacation (I remember a sort of camping, near the sea). The protagonist was a young boy (8-12 ...
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Trying to remember a book about a kid with powers

A long time ago I remember reading a book about a kid who fights some enemy (aliens I believe) but not much else. The only key fact I remember is that one of these enemies picked up a coin and bent it ...
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Title of young adult basketball book from before 1974

I read the book in 8th grade (1974) but it was set definitively in the late 40's though no dates were ever given. It was about a selfish, calculating basketball player entering a junior college to ...
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Poem about bedtime story for witch's child

I read this poem in the 5th or 6th grade or so, so that'd be 2012-2014 (somewhere in there). It was out of some packet copied out of a book for this language arts extension thing (I remember the book ...
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Help finding poem about a red tide coming in which mentions “memory”

I'm trying to find a poem. I thought it was a Mary Oliver poem, but I can't find it when searching the few words I know along with her name. The poem talks about a red tide coming in. There is a part ...
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Help finding poem about a red tide coming in [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a poem. I thought it was a Mary Oliver poem, but I can't find it when searching the few words I know along with her name. The poem talks about a red tide coming in. There is a ...
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Book involving the president-elect dying in a horse accident and electoral college shenanigans

I think I read this one in early 2000. It was a novel length hardback, I think with a white cover. The President-Elect has won the election and is riding a horse in some parade when it gets spooked. ...
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Trying to re-find a horror/suspense short story involving a painting [closed]

I remember in high school our class read a horror/suspense story involving a man who finds a painting at a garage sale. I can't remember many other details about it but would like very much to read it ...
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Identify book where mother is in shampoo commercials

I am trying to find a book I once read, but I do not know the title. The only thing that I remember is that the main character is a boy in high school whose parents are divorced. He lives with his ...
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British Victorian Trials identification

Some time ago I read about a series of paperback books, published at the time (perhaps victorian period) that were popular amongst the upper classes which contained unusual or dramatic British court ...
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80s-90s Female Cat Burglar accepts only Sapphires as payment

Read at least 30-40 years ago. Was in English read in USA. Basics of the story is following the career of a Female Cat Burglar in Europe(?) (I think she was French) She travels from country to ...
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Children's book: Fanch, art thieves, Gilgamesh statuette, sailing in the Morbihan, Locmariaquer

With keywords like this, how could I fail to find the book? But I did... I think this was a Penguin/Puffin paperback book in the 1970s, or possibly even in the 1960s. Fanch is about 10 years old, ...
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Looking for book about a person who was given plastic surgery to look like a super weapon creator

I recently read a fiction book about a British person who woke up in a hotel room looking like a completely different person. He was drugged and given plastic surgery so that he would resemble a ...
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Native American coming of age young adult novel published prior to 1981

I’m trying to id a Native American coming of age short novel that I read in 3rd grade (published prior to 1981) similar to Call It Courage that features a young boy who wanders off into the wilderness ...
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Book by eastern European author about small house toys including a dog called Floki

I vaguely remember one book from my childhood, which I would be glad to have around. I do not recall much, but I think that it was written by (possibly) Slovenian author, or Slovak. Perhaps even Czech ...
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Historical/Romance/Fantasy: Orphan Girl with Magic becomes ward of a mage

I am trying to find a book that I probably read 15-25 yrs. ago. I have tried AbeBooks, Reddit, Goodreads and wrote to the New York Library (just did that today), Library of Congress (They acknowledged ...
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What are the hand signals based on Kipling's books?

I'm listening to "Lucifer's Hammer" and more than once book mentions hand signals based on Kipling's books. Something along the line of this: one person is manning a barricade, another man in a hide-...
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Short horror story I read two years ago about a Jack-in-the-box

About two years ago I read a short story about a Jack-in-the-box that is unused. I believe that he was at the bottom of the toy box and where he came from was unknown. In the house were a bunch of ...
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Time traveling teen gets lost in the stone age

I am looking for a book I read when I was young on the recommendation of my father. While I read the book in the mid 90's I believe that it was published in the 60's or 70's. It is about a teen who ...
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pre-Meji Japanese book/essay about Strategy

Years ago I had a book in my fingers that was somewhat similar to the Art of War by Sun Tsu, but it was from Japan, and focussed in part on specific combat situations and what to do then. So maybe it ...
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What is this children's short story about an expat English girl who wants to pick primroses on her birthday?

I remember reading as a child a fictional short story about the difficulties that an English girl had fitting in after moving to America. The children at her school make fun of her using words like "...
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Story about a military agent sent in to kill or retrieve a female spy from behind enemy lines

The story is about a military agent with an incident in his military record (Something about a hostage situation if i remember correctly) that indicates he's soft and is not fine with mindlessly ...
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Name of Shakespeare play in which a woman both saves and punishes a man

I'm trying to remember a quote I read from a Shakespeare book, but it has been at least 10 years so my memory of it is quite low. The little I remember is a man that is trying to hide enters a woman'...
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Identification of an American short story about a horse that can't carry two train robbers

I apologize in advance if the details I'm about to provide are too poor or distorted by my memory. My father told me once of a short story which (if memory serves) is made up of the following plot: ...
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Who made the cartoon where the ping pong champion got beat by a kid, and can you share an image?

I saw this cartoon a couple decades ago and I believe it was from The Far Side but I am not certain. It showed a cowboy-style theme where the champion ping pong player (a king of the mountain) was ...
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Anyone know a book about a coat with rainbow square patterns?

I have a vague memory of a book my mum read to me before she passed away when I was very young. I think it was a book for young readers but it was decently thick. I'm from Australia, but I'm not sure ...
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Kids book from the 90's: Illustrated “solve the mystery” book I can't remember the name of

I remember part of it had the inside of an airplane and you had to look around at all of the people on the airplane for clues. I think another part had a big mansion you were looking for clues in as ...
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What is the story of the woman who collected valueless things?

In G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown short story, The Blast of the Book, he makes two references to a story (presumably allegoric) about a woman who collected valueless things. The references are not ...
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70s or 80s Novel, Low IQ man finds/rescues young woman adrift at sea

Probably read in 70s or early 80s. Probably set in the Caribbeans or Florida Coast, or Gulf Coast. The book may have been a mystery or thriller/adventure type story. It was in English A low IQ man (...
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Does anybody know who wrote this poem, or where it is from?

I saw a poem on my friend's desktop background on his laptop, and took a screenshot of it because I thought it was cool. In fact, it was a poem. Does anybody know who wrote it, or where it is from? ...
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What work is titled “Distresses of the Industrious Population”?

From George W. M. Reynolds' The Mysteries of London (1844–1845): "Ah!" said the bookseller, after a pause; "nothing now succeeds unless it's in the comic line. We have comic Latin grammars, and ...
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Looking for the title of a folklore which was about moon princess being jealous of her sister sun princess

I read this short story back in middle school during my literature class when we were studying about folklore. It was about a moon princess being jealous of her sister sun princess so much that she ...
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Looking for an O.Henry story where a young man from the country working in the city marries a socialite and then goes for a visit to his home

The young man in the question takes his bride to his home in the countryside to meet his family. The author describes the following scene in exquisite detail:- It's night and the entire family is ...
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Tan/Brown graphic novel about family in a beach and kid with frog/toad head

I'm trying to find a comic/graphic novel I once saw, but do not remember its name nor author. Here are some things are remember (or think I remember): It was monochromatic, but instead of the normal ...
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Children's story set in Pompeii

The story I'm looking for I read in the first half of the 2000's, I'm fairly certain the title had the word "Vesuvius" in it, but I'm not absolutely sure. It was a short novel, not more than an inch ...
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Book about an artist/musician couple who move to a new cottage

Looking to place a book read circa 2000 about a couple who move to a cottage in the country, where the woman was an artist and the man was a music producer (I think, bit vague now), and the man has a ...
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2nd grade 1970s child's story with illustrations including an injured fox and another animal being scolded

The story I am thinking of appeared in my 2nd grade (73-74) reading textbook and was set in winter and featured a group of animals. It was heavily illustrated and showed an injured fox bleeding from ...
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Short story read c. 1960: boy unhappy with his family, dreams of being picked up by his “real parents”

One of the short stories in my elementary school reading book (late 50s or early 60s) was about a young boy who was unhappy in his home and family. He constantly fantasized about his "real parents" ...
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Story about someone who inconveniences themself in order to maintain awareness of every moment of their life

I remember a story (possibly an anecdote or parable within a larger work, a la The Grand Inquisitor) about a person who goes about their life in an intentionally unpleasant way so that they can remain ...
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Nero Wolfe novel in which Wolfe describes a perfect, unprepared crime

I read (long ago!) a Rex Stout / Nero Wolfe novel in which Nero Wolfe describes what he thinks would be the perfect crime (i.e., a crime performed without any preparation just taking advantage of ...
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A classic fiction about a mysterious thunder that comes from the Carolina mountains

A long time I started a story but never finished it. Now I cannot find it because I forgot the author and title. I remember it being from a famous author but not his most famous work. The story ...
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Looking for a poem by Simon Armitage

I'm struggling to find a poem by Simon Armitage where he goes on a tour about him in disguise only to find that the tour guide doesn't know much about him. What was its name and what collection is it ...
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Where can I find the text of the poem “Climbing Tintagel” by (I think) Vicki Feaver?

I have lost one of my favourite poems, Climbing Tintagel, which I think is by Vicki Feaver. I read it in a library book that had works by three (women) poets many years ago. I can't find it online ...
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Story about school kids who go on a field trip to a fort

Help me remember the name of this book from my youth. I don't remember much about it but it was the story of a group of school kids who go on a field trip to a fort. I think something happens at the ...
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Book about War Poetry [closed]

Please help me figure out what book this is! In college I had a book about war poetry that was "borrowed". I'd dearly love to acquire another copy but I am having a hard time figuring out exactly ...
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Trying to find a poem called “The Boaster”

At Junior School, in the mid-1950s, I came across a poem entitled "The Boaster". IIRC it ran to several verses, each one ending in "I'm from our village, our village. I'm my father's son", and ...