How Many of These Have You Read?

43 of the most iconic short stories written in English. It has a list at the end of some other greats.

Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart” (1843) Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” (1853) Ambrose Bierce, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (1890) Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) Henry James, “The Turn of the Screw” (1898)

Anton Chekhov, “The Lady with the Toy Dog” (1899): I’ve read some of his other stories.

W. Jacobs, “The Monkey’s Paw” (1902)

O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi” (1905) James Joyce, “The Dead” (1914) Franz Kafka, “The Metamorphosis” (1915) Richard Connell, “The Most Dangerous Game” aka “The Hounds of Zaroff” (1924) Ernest Hemingway, “The Killers” (1927) Zora Neale Hurston, “The Gilded Six-Bits” (1933) Eudora Welty, “Why I Live at the P.O.” (1941) Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery” (1948) J. D. Salinger, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish” (1948)

Ray Bradbury, “There Will Come Soft Rains” (1950): I think I read this one but I’m not totally sure.

Clarice Lispector, “The Imitation of the Rose” (1960) Daphne du Maurier, “The Birds” (1952) Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (1953) Elmore Leonard, “Three-Ten to Yuma” (1953) Philip K. Dick, “The Minority Report” (1956)

James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” (1957) I’ve read some of his nonfiction.

Alan Sillitoe, “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” (1959) John Cheever, “The Swimmer” (1964)

Joyce Carol Oates, “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” (1966): I’ve read a novel of hers, excerpts of other novels (~10 pages), and a number of her stories.

Leslie Marmon Silko, “The Man to Send Rain Clouds” (1969) Toni Cade Bambara, “The Lesson” (1972) Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from

Omelas” (1973): I read an excerpt from one of her novels, The Malafrena.

Ralph Ellison, “Cadillac Flambé” (1973) Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild” (1984) Bharati Mukherjee, “The Management of Grief” (1988) John Edgar Wideman, “Fever” (1990) Sandra Cisneros, “Woman Hollering Creek” (1991) Christine Schutt, “To Have and to Hold” (1996) ZZ Packer, “Brownies” (2003) Edward P. Jones, “Marie” (2004) Karen Russell, “Haunting Olivia” (2005) Kelly Link, “Stone Animals” (2005) Edwidge Danticat, “Ghosts” (2008) Yiyun Li, “A Man Like Him” (2008) Claire Vaye Watkins, “Ghosts, Cowboys” (2009) Ottessa Moshfegh, “Bettering Myself” (2013) Amelia Gray, “House Heart” (2013) Zadie Smith, “Meet the President!” (2013) Carmen Maria Machado, “The Husband Stitch” (2014) Diane Cook, “The Way the End of Days Should Be” (2014) Kirstin Valdez Quade, “Five Wounds” (2015) NoViolet Bulawayo, “Shhhh” (2015) Mariana Enriquez, “Spiderweb” (2016) Ken Liu, “State Change” (2016) Helen Oyeyemi, “Sorry Doesn’t Sweeten Her Tea” (2016) Lesley Nneka Arimah, “What Is a Volcano?” (2017) James McBride, “The Christmas Dance” (2017) Viet Thanh Nguyen, “War Years” (2017) Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, “Friday Black” (2018)

I read 14 out of the 43 (33

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  1. I read some Poe in school and was a fan for awhile. Dark stuff. I’ve seen 3:10 to Yuma and The Minority Report as movies. Humans as the hunted as in The Most Dangerous Game is a fascinating concept. I’ve gone over that story in school and seen many humans hunted on film.

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