The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde was published in 1887.
I really found this story a wonderful and entertaining read which contrasts American and British people and culture. The story is told from the viewpoint of Sir Simon, the ghost. This is a really short story and I found it humorous and yet enjoyed the stereotypical characters that represent both England and the United States. Wilde takes an American family, places them in a British setting, then, through a series of mishaps, pits one culture against the other.
I really enjoyed this story and will be adding more of Oscar Wilde short stories to my to read list.