Modern life is a busy affair. Sometimes, a short story is the perfect solution. Here are fifty groundbreaking examples — both classic and modern — to enjoy this autumn.
The short story, says Puliter Prize-winning writer Steven Millhauser, has powers the novel only dreams of. It exults in its shortness. It wants to be shorter still. It wants to be a single word. If it could find that word, if it could utter that syllable, the entire universe would blaze up out of it with a roar.
That is the outrageous ambition of the short story, that is its deepest faith, that is the greatness of its smallness. An admission. Is anyone else? Easing back in with some great short stories could be the answer. Plus, the short story has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years. So, without further ado, here are 50 of literature's greatest short stories to entertain, distract, reassure and inspire — just what a short story should do.
Set in the American deep south at the height of the Civil Rights movement, Baldwin's famous short story examines racial tension from both sides of the coin without denying either their humanity.
It is also an unflinching look at the horrors of violence and discrimination. The narrator of this story has bought a little city — Galveston, in Texas. At first he says he'll only change things gradually, but he soon comes to resemble something more like a despot as events spiral out of control. As funny as it outrageous this story, first published in the New Yorkeris a cautionary tale about control and ambition with plenty left to tell us about today.1. Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology
Set before our age of constant connectivity, this is a story of intense - and tense - longing in which someone races toward a lover they've fallen out with over a landline remember those?
The beauty of Calvino's story comes from the doubt: will the two lovers reunite and have a happy ending? It's a lot more fun to find out when there's no mobile phones involved. Raymond Carver's beautifully spare writing is an exercise in minimalism, and he gets to the heart of the matter like no one else can.
This story - and the others in the collection - cemeneted the American's position as one of the all-time greatest short story writers. The most famous short story by America's greatest ever short story writer? It's definitelty a contender. Cheever's free-wheeling, gin-soaked journey through the back gardens of suburbia is as surreal, enteraining and poignant as it ever was. It's the deep south, before the American Civil War, and slave ownership is still the norm.
This story is about a moment of crisis when a baby of dubious heritage is born, and the consequences that follow. You'll never book an AirBnb in quite the same way again. The Booker International Prize winning American author is, among other things, a master of the very short short story. In this piece of micro fiction - just a few lines long - she manages to convey an entire day and arguably a whole relationship.
Domestic harmony and anarchy clash in the story of one evening in the life of Mr Bose, a poetry teacher forced into giving Sanksrit lessons to unwilling and mischievious students in order to supplement his income. A couple, on holiday to try and overcome the pain of their daughter's death, get caught up in a sinister series of events.
Two women look down on the Clifton Suspension Bridge from Bristol's camera obscura and witness something ominous - though quite what, it is left to the reader to decide. A story full of menace, it shows Dunmore - one of Britain's best modern short story writers - at the peak of her best.
Nigerian author Ekwensi could spin one hell of a yarn, few more memorable than Fussy Joe, the musician who has a taste for beautiful young women and causing trouble but for whom karma is never far away. All sorts of creatues stalk the pages of FloridaLauren Groff's short story collection from Spider, snakes and crocodiles lurk in the heady heat of her adopted state.Discover new books on Goodreads.
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Everyone has his or her own definition of a literary classic, and our choices span the centuries, from the 8th century B. No matter your definition of classic literatureyou'll see that these books have stood—and are standing—the test of time, which is why we think they should be on your must-read list. Start Slideshow.Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
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You can treat these interviews as study guides, intelligent scholarly discussions, reading lists, or even collectively a syllabus, beginning with the time of Chaucer and Shakespeare moving through Romantic poetryVictorian fictionmodernism and even previously overlooked female authors now gaining in popularity like Daphne du Maurier and Iris Murdoch.
We have Columbia professor Jenny Davidson recommending the best love stories in literatureleading Oxford professor Merve Emre discussing the literary fiction that created our modern understanding of MBTI personality typesnovels on marriage and divorce, the best novels in English full stop, and more.
Oxford Professor Marion Turner, who has written the first full-length biography of Chaucer in a generation, tells us about the extraordinary man who wrote them and why we should all read the Canterbury Tales. Long before Renaissance dramas or realist novels, Chaucer wrote a love story set in a besieged city that was a deep psychological exploration of character and human relationships.
But they were not always regarded as perfectly-formed jewels, and the relationships they portray not as conventional as many of us presume.
William Shakespeare has a strong claim to be the most influential writer of all time. But whose works influenced him?
And how? Here, preeminent Shakespearean scholar Sir Stanley Wells chooses five plays that best chart the evolution of the Bard of Avon during his year career.
William Wordsworth probably did not get his greatest creative impetus from solitude, but from his extremely close relationship with his sister, suggests Oxford scholar Lucy Newlyn.
She chooses the best Jane Austen books. Thanks to her ability to be many things to many people at once, Jane Austen is one of the vast minority of writers who manage to be both eternally popular and canonical. Known to many of us as the American Transcendentalist champion of individualism and self-reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson is a much more soulful and sorrowful, brilliant but deeply contradictory thinker than we often give him credit for, says James Marcus, as he recommends the best books by — or about — Emerson.
He was the most popular novelist of the Victorian era, a convivial family man who always championed the underdog. But he also harboured dark secrets that only came out after his death. Jenny Hartley recommends the best books by and about Charles Dickens and discusses Dickens the phenomenon, past and present.
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Oscar Wilde cultivated an image of himself as an idle genius, dashing off masterpieces with a lazy brilliance. But below the glittering linguistic surface of his works, suggests Sos Eltis, lies an anarchic politics and a phenomenal analysis of power.
A prolific writer sometimes oblivious to events going on around him, PG Wodehouse remains so well loved because of his enduring characters and inimitable style, says Sophie Ratcliffe, associate professor of English at Oxford University and editor of his letters.
Her biographer, Hermione Lee, talks us through the best Virginia Woolf books, novels and essays, and diaries, of Virginia Woolf. Yet he suffered terribly from class anxiety and subscribed to political beliefs we now find abhorrent, says the editor and author Roger Luckhurst. Although less flamboyantly experimental than his contemporaries Joyce and WoolfD H Lawrence was a modernist, says literary scholar Catherine Brown. Agatha Christie was a shy, unassuming woman who likely remains the bestselling novelist of all time.