List of famous short story writers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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Short story writers write short pieces of prose fiction that generally focus on a single theme, simple plots and few characters. There is considerable debate surrounding what should be the appropriate word limit for a piece of fiction to be considered a short story; it is generally considered to be between 1000 to about 20,000 words. Edgar Allan Poe, the famous American author regarded to be one of the earliest writers of short stories defined a short story as a short piece of fiction that can be read in one sitting. However this categorization is also subjective, there is no concrete definition of what constitutes the time limit for one sitting. Many novelists begin their career as writers of short stories. Writing shorter pieces of prose before commencing a lengthier piece of work gives them an opportunity to hone their writing skills and get an idea about the readership for their works. It also helps popularize the writer’s name in the market so that any other work by the same author is received favorably. Short stories are mostly based on a single theme that revolves around a small cast of characters, and are usually less complex than novels. Listed below is a collection of the biographies about the lives and works of famous short story writers from around the world.

Mark Twain Image Mark Twain

Dr. Seuss Dr. Seuss

Charles Bukowski Charles Bukowski
German, American

Joseph Conrad Joseph Conrad
Polish, Ukrainian, British

Aldous Huxley Aldous Huxley
British, American

Diane Ladd Diane Ladd

P. L. Travers P. L. Travers
Australian, British

Jack London Jack London

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Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov
German, Russian

Henry James Henry James

Paul Thomas Mann Thomas Mann
Swiss, German

O. Henry O. Henry

Donna Tartt Donna Tartt

J. M. Coetzee J. M. Coetzee
South African

Jhumpa Lahiri Jhumpa Lahiri
British, American

Saul Bellow Saul Bellow

Saki Saki

Isaac Bashevis Singer Isaac Bashevis Singer
Polish, American

Junot Díaz Junot Díaz
Dominican, American

Claude McKay Claude McKay
Jamaican, American

Mo Yan Mo Yan
Henry Lawson Henry Lawson

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
British, Scottish

Irwin Shaw Irwin Shaw