Best Short Stories
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March 3, 2013
Think short stories are boring? Old-fashioned?
This is a listing of the stories by author with mention of the books that the stories were taken from or mention of the person who so graciously supplied the story to Classic Short Stories. Bravo!!
Are these hard times for the short story?
[Note: Every Friday on First Thoughts we host heated, half-serious, half-cocked arguments about some aspect of pop culture. Today’s theme is short stories. Have a suggestion for a topic?
A good short story is perhaps as close to perfect as writing can get - with not a sentence to waste or a word to spare. And what better way to bracket your day (especially in this digital day and age) than with these - the best short fiction collections as chosen by Readings bookseller Alec Patric.
Short stories for you to download for free.
Not all the action in the ’00s was in novels and non-fiction books, so here’s a selection of the decade’s best short-form collections.
As a fitting finale to National Short Story Month, we asked the talented crew over at One Story to name their ten favorite epigrammatic tales. Tanya Rey, the managing editor, explained via e-mail that their choices are in no particular order, so anti-Salingerists are advised to not get all huffy just because JD leads the list. Tanya writes, “Certain authors (e.g., Cheever, Moore, Johnson, Barthleme) were nominated more than once, for different stories, so we tried to choose the most ‘classic’ of those stories.
The short story is sometimes an under-appreciated art form. Within the space of a few pages, an author must weave a story that’s compelling, create characters readers care about and drive the story to its ultimate conclusion — a feat that can be difficult to accomplish even with a great degree of savvy. Yet these authors have mastered the art of the short story, turning condensed pieces into memorable works of literature that stick with readers long after they’ve finished.
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