Guy de Maupassant: "The Necklace" This classic is known to most English readers. In my opinion, it should be the first one you read. It is easy to find on the internet as well. Although originally written in French, the English version serves well as an easy text. If you require an English author, I would choose W. W. Jacobs' "The Monkey's Paw." Both are short, easy-to-read, and renown. The latter was published in 1902, but it solidly belongs to the 19th century in style and setting.