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    Your favorite short stories

    1) "To build a Fire" Jack London

    No better depiction of nature's indifference and the fine line humans walk in the environment beyond civilization.

    2) "A Rose for Emily" William Faulkner

    May be unraveled like a detective story with each lead taking you into incredibly creepy albeit entertaining territory.

    3) "Bartleby and The Scrivener" Herman Melville

    Takes on tones of a tragi-comedy when required to write a paper over it: i.e. "I'd prefer not too." Nevertheless, I can't help but keep meditating on the story and all the ways it's remained relevant through the ages.

    4) "Ethan Brand" Nathanial Hawthorne

    Moral stories have kind of a bad rap and this is surely one, although the message is indispensable for those in pursuit of knowledge.

    5) "The Huntsman" Anton Chekov

    A study in how much can be revealed through a small amount of dialogue, at a seminal moment in the lives of two people.


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    I'm sure there are some contemporary ones, but I've read so many that they've kind of washed over me. Those above remain vivid in my mind. Share your favorites, be they children's stories, fantasy, biblical, mythological, what have you. I, for one, would be interested to know.
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    Recently the stories in Tenth of December by George Saunders, particularly "The Semplica-Girl Diaries." (which you can find here)

    And several in Unaccustomed Earth and Interpreter of Maladies, both by Jhumpa Lahiri. And Truman Capote's short stories, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Makers!* View Post
    1) "To build a Fire" Jack London...
    I agree with you about "To Build a Fire." Great story.

    I'd add:

    "The Most Dangerous Game," by Richard Connell

    and

    "The Ransom of Red Chief," by O. Henry

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    So, so many... it's my favorite reading genre.

    "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" and "Teddy," J.D. Salinger.
    "A Chaparral Prince" and "The Caballero's Way," O. Henry
    "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Gilman
    "The Figure," Edward Grendon
    "Unwelcome Tenant," Robert Dee
    "Appointment at Noon," Eric Russell
    "An Egg A Month From All Over," Idris Seabright
    "Two Weeks In August," Frank Robinson
    "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" Joyce Oates
    "The Rocking-Horse Winner," D. H. Lawrence
    "The Tell-Tale Heart," Edgar Allan Poe
    “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor
    "The Story of An Hour," Kate Chopin
    "The Birth-Mark," Nathaniel Hawthorne
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    The Lady with the Toy Dog - Anton Chekhov
    The overcoat - Nikolai Gogol
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    The Farmer's Children by Elizabeth Bishop
    Donkey Basketball by Sherman Alexie
    Signs and Symbols by Vladimir Nabokov
    Skin by Roald Dahl
    everything by David Sedaris
    Mice by Lucy Corin
    The Ballad of the Sad Cafe by Carson McCullers

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    If you want to know what a $47,000 dollar short story looks like, this is it. Adam Johnson won the Sunday Times Short story contest last year, which awared him that amount. It is really good.

    http://www.esquire.com/entertainment...-adam-johnson/
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    "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"

    Just an occurrence, that's all. Perfect title for such an alienating, haunting story.

    I can't decide if people who love literary naturalism are depressives or sadists.

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    The Machine Stops - E M Forster
    The Last Question - Isaac Asimov
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    Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

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