Short stories by Wilbur Daniel Steele

Wilbur Daniel Steele (17 March 1886, GreensboroNorth Carolina – 26 May 1970, StamfordConnecticut) was a U.S. author and playwright. He has been called "America's recognised master of the popular short story" between World War I and the Great Depression.[1] His short stories are set in American locations and are often highly dramatic. Collections of his stories include The Man Who Saw through Heaven (1927), Best Stories (1946), and Full Cargo (1951). He also wrote novels, including Taboo (1925), That Girl from Memphis (1945), and Their Town (1952). His second wife was actress Norma Mitchell, with whom he co-wrote the play The Post Road.

Listing 6 stories.

Even as he roams as a ghost, a former slave owner rejects the reality of his afterlife, but cannot hide his immense gratitude for his fiercely loyal servant, Sam, who is also undead.

A woman falls in love with a fisherman she hates, but he hates and loves her as well. Endeavoring into a marriage that baffles all, the couple tries to make their toxic love work.

An African man arguing for his ancient grandfather’s passage to Mecca tells the story of his enslavement and separation from his brother during the American Civil War.

A doctor and a dying patient on a boat during WWI discuss why the enemy is winning the war.

A reverend is missing and his fiance along with his friend are looking for him and the reason he disappeared. A reverend's fiance and friend are worried about his disappearance, especially after he has seemed to take an interest in science more than religion.

In Kairwan, Tunisia, a man in an arranged marriage falls for a woman who is promised to another. His months-long obsession culminates in a surprise on his wedding day.