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.
Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway
21 July 1899
Journalist
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809
Writer

Dr. SeussDr. Seuss
02 March 1904
Author

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832
Writer

Mark Twain ImageMark Twain
30 November 1835
Writer

George R. R. MartinGeorge R. R. Martin
20 September 1948
Screenwriter, Novelist
Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924
Author

John SteinbeckJohn Steinbeck
27 February 1902
Author

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski
16 August 1920
Poet
Philip K. DickPhilip K. Dick
16 December 1928
Novelist

Aldous HuxleyAldous Huxley
26 July 1894
Writer
Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876
Author

J. D. SalingerJ. D. Salinger
01 January 1919
Writer

Diane LaddDiane Ladd
29 November 1932
Actress

William FaulknerWilliam Faulkner
25 September 1897
Writer, Nobel Laureate

Ray BradburyRay Bradbury
22 August 1920
Writer
William S. BurroughsWilliam S. Burroughs
05 February 1914
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Herman MelvilleHerman Melville
01 August 1819
 

Donna DouglasDonna Douglas
26 September 1932
Actress

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson
14 December 1916
Author
Reginald VelJohnsonReginald VelJohnson
16 August 1952
Actor

Holiday ReinhornHoliday Reinhorn
12 March 1964
Fiction Writer
Robert A. HeinleinRobert A. Heinlein
07 July 1907
Science Fiction Writer

Henry JamesHenry James
15 April 1843
Writer

Nathaniel HawthorneNathaniel Hawthorne
04 July 1804
American Novelist
Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh
22 June 1906
Renowned Author & Aviator

Joyce Carol OatesJoyce Carol Oates
16 June 1938
Writer
O. HenryO. Henry
11 September 1862
Short Story Writer

Jhumpa LahiriJhumpa Lahiri
11 July 1967
Writer

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

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Robert E howardRobert E. Howard
22 January 1906
Pulp Fiction Writer
Washington IrwingWashington Irving
03 April 1783
Author, Historian, Diplomat

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce Ambrose Bierce
24 June 1842
Journalist & Writer, soldier

Sinclair LewisSinclair Lewis
07 February 1885
Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Dashiell HammettDashiell Hammett
27 May 1894
Novelist
Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
10 June 1915
Novelist
Joseph HellerJoseph Heller
01 May 1923
Novelist

Panio GianopoulosPanio Gianopoulos
07 July 1975
Author

John CheeverJohn Cheever
27 May 1912
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Carson McCullersCarson McCullers
19 February 1917
American novelist
Deborah EisenbergDeborah Eisenberg
20 November 1945
Writer

Katherine Anne PorterKatherine Anne Porter
15 May 1890
Journalist, Essayist, Writer, Novelist

Edward GoreyEdward Gorey
22 February 1925
 

Junot DíazJunot Díaz
31 December 1968
Writer

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

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889
Writer
Richard FordRichard Ford
16 February 1944
Novelist & Short Story Writer

Sherwood AndersonSherwood Anderson
13 September 1876
Writer

Bernard MalamudBernard Malamud
26 April 1914
American novelist
Wallace StegnerWallace Stegner
18 February 1909
Author

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

Louis L’AmourLouis L’Amour
22 March 1908
Novelist
Bill ScottBill Scott
02 August 1920
American voice actor

John Dann MacDonaldJohn Dann MacDonald
24 July 1916
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Thomas Clayton WolfeThomas Clayton Wolfe
03 October 1900
Novelist

Dean KoontzDean Koontz
09 July 1945
Novelist
James GunnJames Gunn
23 July 1923
Writer

Celeste NgCeleste Ng
30 July 1980
Novelist
Diana GabaldonDiana Gabaldon
11 January 1952
Author

Flannery O'ConnorFlannery O'Connor
25 March 1925
Novelist

Lyman Frank BaumL. Frank Baum
15 May 1856
Writer
Tabitha KingTabitha King
24 March 1949
Writer

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

Neal StephensonNeal Stephenson
31 October 1959
Novelist

Raymond CarverRaymond Carver
25 May 1938
Short story writer
Roxane GayRoxane Gay
15 October 1974
Writer

Jonathan Safran FoerJonathan Safran Foer
21 February 1977
Novelists
Rupert HolmesRupert Holmes
24 February 1947
Composer

Louis L'AmourLouis L'Amour
22 March 1908
Novelist

Jim ButcherJim Butcher
26 October 1971
Novelist

Nic PizzolattoNic Pizzolatto
19 April 1975
Novelist
Louise ErdrichLouise Erdrich
07 June 1954
Author
Veronica RothVeronica Roth
19 August 1988
Novelist

John ScalziJohn Scalzi
10 May 1969
Science Fiction Writers

Harry TurtledoveHarry Turtledove
14 June 1949
Novelist

Anne TylerAnne Tyler
25 October 1941
Novelist
Tom RobbinsTom Robbins
22 July 1932
Writer

Eudora WeltyEudora Welty
13 April 1909
Writer

Samuel R. DelanySamuel R. Delany
01 April 1942
Writer

Alfred Damon RunyonDamon Runyon
04 October 1880
Writer

Jeffrey EugenidesJeffrey Eugenides
08 March 1960
Novelist
Joel Chandler HarrisJoel Chandler Harris
09 December 1848
Journalist

Tobias WolffTobias Wolff
19 June 1945
Writer
Gene WolfeGene Wolfe
07 May 1931
Writer

Whitley StrieberWhitley Strieber
13 June 1945
Writer
Piers AnthonyPiers Anthony
06 August 1934
Novelist
Poul AndersonPoul Anderson
25 November 1926
Author