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Reader's Digest Classics
We've hunted through decades of our magazine to share the most memorable and popular stories and articles.
The Story of a Boy and His Telephone Operator
In this timeless Reader's Digest Classic from 1966, a little boy forges a lovely, lasting friendship with his local telephone operator.
Her Husband Vanished Without a Trace—15 Years Later, the Doorbell Rang
Walt Disney Reveals Just How Disneyland Was Created in Rare Interview
This Fisherman Was Attacked By a Shark and Lived to Tell the Tale
The Best Sleep Advice That Has Stood the Test of Time
One Father’s Battle Between Working and Giving Attention to His Daughter
A Former Alcatraz Inmate Reveals What the Prison Was Really Like
Originally published in 1938, this is the account of one of the prisoners at the infamous...
This Is What It Was Really Like to See Queen Elizabeth in the 1950s
When her ship sailed in, the British public couldn't contain its excitement.
This Powerful Story Will Convince You to Stop Saying “Let Me Know If You Need Anything”
What does someone who has suffered a sudden trauma and grief most need?
George Haley: The Man Who Wouldn’t Quit
A look back: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley tells the story of a man who...
Don’t Tune Out: This Is What You’re Missing When You’re Not Listening
In our overstimulated daily lives, we often shut out as much noise as we can....
Christmas Stories: The Gold and Ivory Tablecloth
A pastor’s impulsive purchase leads to an incredible reunion. Coincidence—or divine guidance? You...
The Secret to Finding True Joy Is Simpler Than You’d Think
"The more grievous the world, the more we need to remember the luminous beauty at...
The Little Boat That Sailed Through Time
A simple hand-carved ship binds five generations of family together.
The Greatest Gift This Dad Ever Gave His Daughter Will Definitely Make You Cry
One woman's father's fondest expressions of love flowed not from his words, but from his hands.
The True Story Behind
Fall in love with the Reader's Digest original story that inspired the romantic movie starring...
Jesse Owens: My Greatest Olympic Prize
In this RD Classic from our archives, American athlete Jesse Owens tells his stunning Olympic...
“It Was On Good Friday”: A Detailed Glimpse Into How Lincoln Spent His Very Last Hours
Originally published in Reader's Digest’s April 1965 issue, this story is a fascinating account of...
How a Boy and His Telephone Operator Formed a Lovely, Lasting Friendship
In this Reader's Digest Classic, originally published in 1966 as "The Voice in the Box," a...
The Night I Met Einstein
This Reader's Digest Classic of "My Most Unforgettable Character" offers a lesson in life—and...
A Neighbor’s Generosity Spreads Beyond Original Gift
The Reader's Digest classic, originally published as "Effie's Compound Interest," explores how one woman’s...
—And Sudden Death: The Reader’s Digest Classic
If you have the nerve to drive fast and take chances, you ought to read...
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RD Interview: Robin Williams, in His Own Words
Robin Williams was unscripted and uncensored—and you could always expect the unexpected, as in...
When Summer Found Its Place in My Heart
The cottage had been in our family for decades. But common sense said it was time to sell.
What I Learned in the Shoe Store
Mr. Hill taught me more than just selling.
The Day We Planted Hope
I tucked five seeds into the dirt, then sat down and waited for a watermelon.