Preferably ones available to read online.
I'll start with something short and well-known from Nabokov: Symbols and Signs.
Preferably ones available to read online.
I'll start with something short and well-known from Nabokov: Symbols and Signs.
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Alice Munro, Boys and Girls.
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The monkey's paw
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Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street
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The best short story will always be The Lottery.
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Jack London's "A Piece of Steak," about an aging boxer past his prime.
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Everything in Joyce's "Dubliners," but especially "A Painful Case" and "The Dead" (the latter perhaps a novella).
Will a Cather's "Paul's Case."
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Bret Harte's "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"
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"The Catbird Seat" by James Thurber
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The Informers by Bret Easton Ellis. A collection of short stories.
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Salvatore Scibona, Tremendous Machine
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Annie Proulx Man Crawling out of Trees!
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Flanner O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find."
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Flannery, I meant.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/27/2019|
Flannery O'Connor's stories are tremendous, hilariously funny, morally serious (the main character almost always gets killed), but her style as a writer is just amazing, the way the stories are narrated. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is maybe her most famous. It's a terrible shame that she died at just the age of 36.
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FAULKNER wrote a lot of short stories, and many of them are very, very good. The collection THE UNVANQUISHED is about the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, and seems to be based on things that his "Mammy", Caroline Barr told him about what happened then (she had lived through it as a child). It's pretty amazing.
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Susan Sontag, The Way We Live Now
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Boule de suif by Guy de Maupassant.
Also, the title story from Hearts In Atlantis by Stephen King. (Not to be confused with the film which was adapted from an entirely different story.)
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Anton Chekhob, Ward No. 6
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Another Southern woman, Eudora Welty. Try "Where Is the Voice Coming From?" It's about the assassination of Medgar Evers, the civil rights leader, and it is told through the voice of the killer.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/27/2019|
The Appointment in Samarra, by Somerset Maugham...
And r12, it’s a beautifully written short story, and amazing that such a fulsome movie could come from just a few pages...
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/27/2019|
R22, good one.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/27/2019|
I read this story in a collection of lesbian short stories I bought at Giovanni's Room in Philly back in the day. It gave me chills then and it has ever since. Read it -- it will only take10-15 minutes. I don't know if it's exactly what you would call "enjoyable," but you'll form some mental pictures you'll never forget.
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Another vote for O’Connor. Check out “Revelation “
|by Anonymous||reply 25||03/27/2019|
The scary stories to tell in the dark series have always been one of my faves.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/27/2019|
"Miles" by Michael Tyrell from the anthology "Cool Thing."
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I love Alice Munro's work
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The World's Most Dangerous Game
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While I really didn't like In Cold Blood, Capotes' short stories are wonderful.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/27/2019|
The Gift of the Magi - O. Henry
Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge - Ambrose Bierce
The Real Thing - Henry James (one of the few things I could ever stand reading by him)
The Lottery - Shirley Jackon
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R8 - seconding your mention of Thurber's "The Cat Bird Seat"
And seconding the mention of Flannery O'Connor's work.
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Katherine Anne Porter: The Old Order; and Old Mortality
I like Flannery O'Connor a lot too, my favorite is "The River".
|by Anonymous||reply 33||03/27/2019|
"The Last Leaf" "Gift of the Magi" "Jimmy Valentine" by O Henry "where do you come from where will you go" anything by Saki
|by Anonymous||reply 34||03/27/2019|
Years ago, I remember reading a short story about a little girl who inexplicably showed up at an older woman's house and wouldn't leave. I wish I could remember the name of it.
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 That was a very popular story by Truman Capote. I can’t recall the title but it was a female’s name.
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My Life With R.H. Macy by Shirley Jackson. It's included on this wonderful Maureen Stapleton recording.....
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The Capote story is "Miriam". It's one of the "Trilogy" of short films adapted from his stories in 1969.
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R35 here you go
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Ah - that’s it! What an oddly enduring story
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Mary Flannery O'Connor, who dropped the Mary because she said Mary O'Connor sounded like an Irish washerwoman, died at 39. I spent a summer in Milledgeville and visited her farm at Andalusia.
R22: "fulsome"--that word does not mean what you think it means.
Hemingway's short stories (especially the Nick Adams ones--I went to his high school) are better than all of his novels except "The Dun Also RIses."
ANothern Southern woman: Kathrrine Anne Porter, especially "Pale Horde, Pale Rider" and "The Jilting of Granny Weatherall."
Jane Hamilton's "Rehearsing 'The Firebird'" is a lovely, wry masterpiece of the adolescent girl as budding artist.
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Thomas Mann's "Mario and the Magician".
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"A Small Good Thing" by Raymond Carver
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings."
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R42, "The Dun Also Rises" was quite the masterpiece. Only succeeded by Dicken's "Greige Expectations" and Stendhal's "The Red and The Taupe".
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You don't see short stories much anymore or discussions about them. I LOVE short stories. My favorites
[bold]Ballad of the Sad Café[/bold] by Carson McCullers - an awesome meditation on unrequited love and S Gothic, too. [bold]Madame Zilensky and the King of Finland[/bold], also by Carson McCullers - made me understand why mom lied so much [bold]A Good Man Is Hard to Find[/bold] by Flannery O'Connor - evil in everyday life.
Agree with everything else mentioned. Guy de Maupassant's [bold]The Necklace[/bold] and [bold]False Gems[/bold] are so wonderful critiques of high society, its aspirants and its victims. Both still relevant today.
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I love short stories. My all-time favourite: Isak Dinesen's ghost story, "The Supper at Elsinore".
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Percival Everett, The Fix
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William Saroyan, The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
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Dineson - Babette's Feast, Deluge at Norderney
de Maupassant - The Necklace, La Maison Tellier, The Piece of String, A Tress of Hair (La Chevelure)
O. Henry - Gift of the Magi, The Last Leaf, The Ransom of Red Chief
Proulx - Brokeback Mountain
Poe - Tell-Tale Heart
Lawson - The Drover's Wife
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Here's a delightfully creepy tale.
"The Yellow Wall-Paper" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson.
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R44--Agree with "A Small, Good Thing" by Raymond Carver. I think of this story all the time.
Kurt Vonnegut: "Welcome to the Monkey House" and "Harrison Bergeron."
JD Salinger: "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," "To Esmé, With Love and Squalor," "Teddy."
"The Lottery" is great. "The Monkey Paw" freaked me out as a kid, I never want to reread this story. Otherwise, I am drawing a blank on good short stories.
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Here are 10 online short stories by the wonderful H.H. Munro whose pen name was Saki. "The Open Window" is a classic and features one of Saki's remarkable and quietly hilarious young women.
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Anyone remember a short story about a kid who stayed in a house that had a stuffed dog? The dog comes back to life and kills the kid, if I remember correctly. It was in a young adult book of short stories in the mid 80s.
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I might as well mention some more:
May Day (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Miss Lonelyhearts (Nathaniel West)
A Church Mouse (Mary Wilkins Freeman)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson)
A Good Marriage (Stephen King)
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r46 Damn that autocorrect! (But I like your other "suggestions"!)
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Dorothy Parker's Horsie.
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R44 - Seconding your Salinger mention "To Esmé, With Love and Squalor"
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Bernice Bobs Her Hair - F. Scott Fitzgerald Shut a Final Door - Truman Capote Brokeback Mountain - Annie Proulx
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Do you like the film version, r60?
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R61 I've never seen it.
I'll also add: Repent Harlequin! said the TickTock Man by Harlan Ellison
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Fulsome - of large size or quantity; generous or abundant. How does that not apply to a full length movie made from a short story of just a few pages, r42?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||03/28/2019|
"Shut A Final Door" by Truman Capote
|by Anonymous||reply 64||03/28/2019|
Thanks for all these tips -- I need to read, or re-read, some of these stories!
Of stories that haven't been named yet, one of my perennial favorites is "A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell. Also, "Miss Brill" by Katherine Mansfield.
One story that has stayed with me ever since I read it as a kid -- and I honestly don't know why -- is "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury.
Cynthia Ozick's "The Shawl" is truly harrowing. Surprisingly, much more so than a Stephen King story I can recommend: "Quitters, Inc."
Any and all Dorothy Parker stories are fun, bitter reads.
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The New Yorker magazine has a wonderful fiction podcast where authors choose and read a story that has previously appeared in the magazine, and then they discuss the story with the New Yorker fiction editor. Lots of famous names like Cheever, Nabokov, Lorrie Moore etc. This podcast turned me on to Frank O'Connor- on one episode Julian Barnes reads "The Man of the World" which is quite wonderful.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||03/28/2019|
“Demon Lover” (Elizabeth Bowen)
“The Potobello Road” (Muriel Spark)
pretty much anything by William Trevor
“Interpreter of Maladies” (Jhumpa Lahiri)
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R65 reminds me to mention my favorite Bradbury short story, The Veldt. Here's a great recorded version by Leonard Nimoy.
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R63 First definition is: "complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree." The second definition is the one you cite--doesn't mean you're wrong, I hasten to add, as meanings change. I did not know that the second definition was now considered acceptable, so I apologize....fulsomely.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||03/28/2019|
"WHY I LIVE AT THE P.O." by Eudora Welty, it's very funny, creepy, gay, and kind of insane.
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Imagine if you will that George Bernard Shaw wrote a Twilight Zone-style story about a bipolar Irishman investigating a mysterious moving cemetery.
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I used to love short stories more than anything as a brooding teen, now I’ve hardly read any fiction in years. Bummer! Thanks y’all I hope to read some of these.
Have to second (3d? 4th?) the point, since it can’t be made too many times, that The Lottery is the pinnacle of short-story writing. Another Shirley Jackson gem: “The Beautiful Stranger.”
Also yes! to Flannery O’Connor - check out “The Life You Save May Be Your Own.”
And no one’s mentioned it yet? Recent NYer viral sensation (you don’t hear that very often) “Cat Person.”
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Can’t find link to The Beautiful Stranger so I’ll just link to Jackson’s masterpiece The Lottery for anyone who hasn’t read it..../
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The Life You Save May Be Your Own by Flannery O’Connor
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50 Grand by Hemingway
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John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums."
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"Flight" by Steinbeck.
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"Revelation" by Flannery O'Connor.
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"It had to be murder" (1942), by Cornell Woolrich. Darker than its film adaptation REAR WINDOW, and if memory serves the protagonist, before its transformation so as to fit the "James Stewart" type, was gay.
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Good one, r70! I thought of listing that one too, but figured I had already named enough stories.
Very funny, and with a decidedly DL sensibility.
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“Sexy” by Jhumpa Lahiri
“Rape Fantasies” by Margaret Atwood
“Pig Latin” by Clarice Lispector
All three should be available online!
|by Anonymous||reply 81||03/29/2019|
When I was a kid I used to love jacking off to Penthouse Forum. That and the monkey paw story.
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Miss Gentilbelle by Charles Beaumont.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||04/02/2019|
"Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams"
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Donald Barthelme, [italic] A City of Churches [/italic]
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|by Anonymous||reply 86||04/10/2019|
I'll add one. Jack London -- To Build a Fire
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The Possibility of Evil. I love this short story. It makes me think of what I will probably be like when I get older.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||04/10/2019|
Lorrie Moore's volumes "Self-Help" and "Birds of America."
|by Anonymous||reply 89||04/10/2019|
Raymond Carver ~ What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
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Not to everyone's taste, but I love some of Isak Dinesen's stories (her fiction--not referring to Out of Africa, which is wonderful in its own way and so superior to the film).
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bump. My dad is dying in hospice, he got his phd in American Lit, my mom got hers in English Lit, she is reading him Austen but I am loving your choices, obviously I am starting with Twain and Capote and then going back to this list later. Thank you.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||04/13/2019|
For Sale. Baby shoes. Never used.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||04/13/2019|
Miriam- Truman- Capote; Pale Horse,Pail Rider-Katherine Ann Porter, Noon Wine- KAP, Spirit Seizures-I forget her name.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||04/13/2019|
Melissa Pritchard is her name. A terrific ghost story.
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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Thank you, 78. Reading "Revelation" again made my day. What a story.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||04/13/2019|
If You Were Ever A Horse by Ghassan Kanafani.
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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities by Delmore Schwartz.
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Anything by Ann Beattie is good, butt The Cinderella Waltz is a modern masterpiece.
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|by Anonymous||reply 101||04/15/2019|
R98, good one!
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Since no one else has mentioned this one, I shall: "Where are you going, Where have you been?" by Joyce Carol Oates. I listened to it as a Selected Shorts audio offering, read by Christine Baranski.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||05/02/2019|
R103, I've always enjoyed that one.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||05/02/2019|
My favorite is "The Bottle Imp" by Robert Louis Stevenson.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||05/02/2019|
Love “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” Also love Deborah Eisenberg’s stories.
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Rafe’s Coat by Deborah Eisenberg. Funny, sad but you can give her new collection a pass.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||05/03/2019|
Has anyone here read anything by Oswell Blakeston (1907-1985) a film maker, film theorist, writer of both fiction and non-fiction and painter ? He wrote short stories in the horror genre. I consider myself knowledgeable in the area of early 20th century British gay culture but I hadn't heard of Blakeston.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||05/03/2019|
Can someone explain to me the story OP posted, Symbols and Signs? WTF it is about and who is the little girl calling.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||05/03/2019|
"The Bunner Sisters" by Edith Wharton.
|by Anonymous||reply 110||05/04/2019|
Shooting an Elephant ~George Orwell (1936)
|by Anonymous||reply 111||05/18/2019|
I read Capote's A Christmas Memory every Christmas.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||05/18/2019|
Oh, dear. R22, "Appointment in Samarra" is by John O'Hara, not Somerset Maugham. And it is a novel and not a short story. You are welcome.
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