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
Screenwriter, Novelist
Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Author

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835
Author and Humorist
Robert E howardRobert E. Howard
22 January 1906
Pulp Fiction Writer

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
01 January 1919
Writer
John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902
Author

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet
Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer

Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick
16 December 1928
Novelist

Reginald VelJohnsonReginald VelJohnson
16 August 1952
Actor

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate
Diane LaddDiane Ladd
29 November 1932
Actress

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury
22 August 1920
Writer

Donna DouglasDonna Douglas
26 September 1932
Actress

Herman MelvilleHerman Melville
01 August 1819
 
William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs
05 February 1914
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843
Writer
Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne
04 July 1804
American Novelist

O. HenryO. Henry
11 September 1862
Short Story Writer

Robert A. HeinleinRobert A. Heinlein
07 July 1907
Science Fiction Writer
Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author

Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783
Author, Historian, Diplomat
Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer

Holiday ReinhornHoliday Reinhorn
12 March 1964
Fiction Writer

Harlan EllisonHarlan Ellison
27 May 1934
Writer
Edith WhartonEdith Wharton
24 January 1862
Writer

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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce Ambrose Bierce
24 June 1842
Journalist & Writer, soldier
Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis
07 February 1885
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
10 June 1915
Novelist

Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett
27 May 1894
Novelist
Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh
22 June 1906
Renowned Author & Aviator
Panio GianopoulosPanio Gianopoulos
07 July 1975
Author

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist

Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923
Novelist

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889
Writer
John CheeverJohn Cheever
27 May 1912
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 

Deborah EisenbergDeborah Eisenberg
20 November 1945
Writer

Junot DíazJunot Díaz
31 December 1968
Writer

Isaac Bashevis SingerIsaac Bashevis Singer
21 November 1902
Writer
Robert BlochRobert Bloch
05 April 1917
Novelist, Short-story Writer

Sherwood AndersonSherwood Anderson
13 September 1876
Writer
Wallace StegnerWallace Stegner
18 February 1909
Author

Richard FordRichard Ford
16 February 1944
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Katherine Anne PorterKatherine Anne Porter
15 May 1890
Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist
Bernard MalamudBernard Malamud
26 April 1914
American novelist

Irwin ShawIrwin Shaw
27 February 1913
Illness
Robert CormierRobert Cormier
17 January 1925
American author

Andre DubusAndre Dubus
11 August 1936
Short story writer

Ben ShattuckBen Shattuck
1984 AD
Story Writer

Charlotte DeanCharlotte Dean
29 September 1982
Illustrator, Visual Artist

Bill ScottBill Scott
02 August 1920
American voice actor
John Dann MacDonaldJohn Dann MacDonald
24 July 1916
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Louis L’AmourLouis L’Amour
22 March 1908
Novelist

Thomas Clayton WolfeThomas Clayton Wolfe
03 October 1900
Novelist

James GunnJames Gunn
23 July 1923
Writer
Elizabeth GilbertElizabeth Gilbert
18 July 1969
Writer

Tobias WolffTobias Wolff
19 June 1945
Writer
Diana GabaldonDiana Gabaldon
11 January 1952
Author

Richard StallmanRichard Stallman
16 March 1953
Programmer, Computer scientist, Lecturer, Blogger,

Tabitha KingTabitha King
24 March 1949
Writer
Flannery O'ConnorFlannery O'Connor
25 March 1925
Novelist

Owen KingOwen King
21 February 1977
Writer
David BaldacciDavid Baldacci
05 August 1960
Writer, Screenwriter, Lawyer, Novelist, Author

Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson
31 October 1959
Novelist

Roxane GayRoxane Gay
15 October 1974
Writer
Celeste NgCeleste Ng
30 July 1980
Novelist

Jonathan Safran FoerJonathan Safran Foer
21 February 1977
Novelists
Louis L'AmourLouis L'Amour
22 March 1908
Novelist

Raymond CarverRaymond Carver
25 May 1938
Short story writer

Rupert HolmesRupert Holmes
24 February 1947
Composer

Jim ButcherJim Butcher
26 October 1971
Novelist
Harry TurtledoveHarry Turtledove
14 June 1949
Novelist
Veronica RothVeronica Roth
19 August 1988
Novelist

John ScalziJohn Scalzi
10 May 1969
Science Fiction Writers

Louise ErdrichLouise Erdrich
07 June 1954
Author

Eudora WeltyEudora Welty
13 April 1909
Writer
Nic PizzolattoNic Pizzolatto
19 April 1975
Novelist

Samuel R. DelanySamuel R. Delany
01 April 1942
Writer

Tom RobbinsTom Robbins
22 July 1932
Writer

Gene WolfeGene Wolfe
07 May 1931
Writer

Piers AnthonyPiers Anthony
06 August 1934
Novelist
Joel Chandler HarrisJoel Chandler Harris
09 December 1848
Journalist

Jeffrey EugenidesJeffrey Eugenides
08 March 1960
Novelist
Whitley StrieberWhitley Strieber
13 June 1945
Writer

N. Scott MomadayN. Scott Momaday
27 February 1934
Author
Anne TylerAnne Tyler
25 October 1941
Novelist
Poul AndersonPoul Anderson
25 November 1926
Author