Classic Stories📗

Here are some of my favorite short stories (25+ stories from 20+ authors – for now).  More to come!

image*If I have written a review for any short story on this list, I have marked it with an asterisk.  Search author, country, or story in the sidebar.

Achebe, Chinua: Marriage is a Private Affair

Behan, Brendan: The Confirmation Suit

Chopin, Kate: *The Story of an Hour

Dahl, Roald: The Landlady

Faulkner, William: Barn Burning

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins: *The Yellow Wallpaper

Joyce, James: Araby, The Dead

Lavin, Mary: Brother Boniface, The Story of the Widow’s Son

Mansfield, Katherine: The Fly

Maugham, W. Somerset: Rain

Maupassant, Guy de: Boule de Suif, The Necklace

O’ Connor, Flannery: A Good Man is Hard to Find

O’ Connor, Frank: First Confession

Poe, Edgar Allan: The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart

Thurber, James: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Updike, John: A & P

Wells, H.G.: The Door in the Wall

Welty, Eudora: *Why I Live at the P.O.

Wharton, Edith: The Letters, Roman Fever

Wilde, Oscar: The Canterbury Ghost, Fairytales: The Remarkable Rocket, The Selfish Giant, The Star Child

Carpe Librum!📚Seize the Book…and let the page-turning begin!

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6 responses to “Classic Stories📗

  1. Richard

    I love Maugham’s short stories. Check out the chilling “A Man from Glasgow” and the cautionary tale “The Lotus Eater.”

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  2. Marcus J Copley

    I read “Boule de Suif” some time ago and remember feeling sorry for her, how the travellers in the coach used her to suit themselves, and her own sense of dignity lost.

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    • Oh, yes, Marcus. This story is a little masterpiece. De Maupassant has a real talent in depicting human nature. It is interesting that the passengers partake in Boule de Suif’s basket of food when they are hungry, but when she saves them from an inescapable situation at the Inn by using her “womanly gifts,” they cast her off. Very sad.

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  3. Marcus J Copley

    Poe’s works are excellent. The Tell-Tale Heart is a great example of conscience haunting the mind!

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