For those who love reading short stories, imagine the genre without the likes of Edgar Allen Poe or O’Henry, J.D Salinger or Issac Asimov, Washington Irving or F Scott Fitzgerald! Completely bleak and sombre isn’t it? And why not for reading short stories is incomplete without having read O’Henry’s ‘The Gift of Magi’ or Poe’s ‘The Tell Tale Heart’, Asimov’s ‘I, Robot’ and ‘The Bicentennial Man’ or Irving’s ‘Rip Van Winkle’. That is the influence that American writers have casted over the genre of short story. Usually shorter than a novel with a brief fictional prose narrative, short stories have found universal acceptance. A short story usually has a small cast of characters and revolves around one or two incidents, thus evoking a particular effect or mood. What gives short story an edge over lengthy novels is that despite relatively limited scope, it provides a satisfying treatment to its characters and subjects! While the aforementioned are some of the greatest American short story writers that the country has ever produced, the new-age writers have also given readers compelling work that has simply been unputdownable, be it George Saunders and his ‘Pastoralia’ or Wells Tower and his ‘Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned’ or Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan and her ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’. Read this section to know about the life and works of famous American short story writers.
George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin

20 September 1948

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway

21 July 1899

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss

02 March 1904

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe

19 January 1809

Mark TwainMark Twain

30 November 1835

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger

01 January 1919

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck

27 February 1902

Truman CapoteTruman Capote

30 September 1924

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski

16 August 1920

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury

22 August 1920

Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick

16 December 1928

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley

26 July 1894

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William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner

25 September 1897

Jack LondonJack London

12 January 1876

Diane LaddDiane Ladd

29 November 1932

Herman MelvilleHerman Melville

01 August 1819

William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs

05 February 1914

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Henry JamesHenry James

15 April 1843

Robert A. HeinleinRobert A. Heinlein

07 July 1907

O. HenryO. Henry

11 September 1862

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson

14 December 1916

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott

29 November 1832

Robert E howardRobert E. Howard

22 January 1906

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Holiday ReinhornHoliday Reinhorn

12 March 1964

Washington IrwingWashington Irving

03 April 1783

Harlan EllisonHarlan Ellison

27 May 1934

Edith WhartonEdith Wharton

24 January 1862

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri

11 July 1967

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce Ambrose Bierce

24 June 1842

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Panio GianopoulosPanio Gianopoulos

07 July 1975

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates

16 June 1938

Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis

07 February 1885

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow

10 June 1915

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller

01 May 1923

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Edward GoreyEdward Gorey

22 February 1925

Claude McKayClaude McKay

15 September 1889

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers

19 February 1917

John CheeverJohn Cheever

27 May 1912

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer

21 November 1902

Robert BlochRobert Bloch

05 April 1917

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Sherwood AndersonSherwood Anderson

13 September 1876

Wallace StegnerWallace Stegner

18 February 1909

Richard FordRichard Ford

16 February 1944

Bernard MalamudBernard Malamud

26 April 1914

Irwin ShawIrwin Shaw

27 February 1913

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Robert CormierRobert Cormier

17 January 1925

Andre DubusAndre Dubus

11 August 1936

Bill ScottBill Scott

02 August 1920

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman

16 March 1953

David BaldacciDavid Baldacci

05 August 1960

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Raymond CarverRaymond Carver

25 May 1938

Frances Hodgson BurnettFrances Hodgson Burnett

24 November 1849

Poul AndersonPoul Anderson

25 November 1926

Klaus MannKlaus Mann

18 November 1906

Caroline GordonCaroline Gordon

06 October 1895

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07 July 1975