Short Stories List 2014

–For Short Story Fridays from Sparknotes 101: Short Stories

In celebration of my love for the Short Story, I am setting aside one post a week for a special exercise. Sparknotes has published a book of notes on 55 great short stories. I am posting that list as a separate Menu labeled “Short Story List”. Each week I shall tackle one of the short stories as a prompt. I will do the stories in alphabetical order with an occasional out of order. First I will read the story, then I will write a story of less than 1000 words based on the impressions I gain from that story. I may or may not use characters I find in the story. Or the setting. The important thing is the mood the story creates in me. The story I write will be a first or a second draft. But I will give it my best to make sure it is not poorly written.

At the end of each week’s exercise I will name the next Friday’s short story. It is my hope that some of you will join me in reading these amazing stories. All of them should be readily available at your local library. Many of them can be found available online simply by googling for them.

1. A & P by John Updike                                                        1/03/2014

2. Araby by James Joyce                                                       1/10/2014

3. Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald                             1/17/2014

4. Barn Burning by William Faulkner                                       1/24/2014

5. Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville                          1/31/2014

6. The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne                              2/07/2014

7. Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx                                 2/14/2014

8. Cathedral by Raymond Carver                                          2/21/2014

9. The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck                         2/26/2014

10. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway        3/05/2014

11. Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortazar                               3/12/2014

12. The Dead by James Joyce                                              3/19/2014

13. A Death in the Woods by Sherwood Anderson                3/26/2014

14. The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy                             4/02/2014

15. Everyday Use by Alice Walker                                          4/092014

16. Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor   4/16/2014

17. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe

18. Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

19. A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Connor

20. Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

21. Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

22. A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

23. I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen

24. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

25. The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

26. The Lady With the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov

27. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

28. The Man Who Was Almost a Man by Richard Wright

29. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

30. The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs

31. The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

32. The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant

33. An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

34. Odor of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

35. The Open Boat by Stephen Crane

36. Paul’s Case: A Study In Temperament by Willa Cather

37. A Perfect Day For Bananafish by J. D. Salinger

38. The Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan Doyle

39. Rita Hayworth And the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

40. A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner

41. Shiloh by Bobbie Ann Mason

42. Sonny’s Blues by James Baldwin

43. The Story of An Hour by Kate Chopin

44. Super-frog Saves Tokyo by Haruki Murakami

45. The Swimmer by John Cheever

46. The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe

47. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

48. Twilight of the Superheroes by Deborah Eisenberg

49. A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings by by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

50. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

51. Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? By Joyce Carol Oates

52. Why I Live At the P.O. by Eudora Welty

53. Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald

54. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

55. Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne

6 thoughts on “Short Stories List 2014

    • I love short stories and this is an excuse to read some of the great ones. Some I have read before, some I have not. But I am enjoying the experience. And they make great prompts.

  1. The Things They Carried, is that a short story? I have a whole book. But I suppose it’s referring to the opening chapter, which is incredibly good. I’ve only read about 13 of these, so I am going to use the list to add to my own 2014 reading plans.

    • Yes. The Things They Carried is a short story. I believe the book you have is a book of short stories. All of the short stories are considered great short stories. And most are anthologized extensively.

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