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Old 03-11-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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What would you put into an anthology of the best short stories ever?

I am experimenting with Sigil and thought it would be fun to put together an anthology of the best/most famous/influential public domain short stories. I was thinking it could be like a textbook of the short story with all the great ones in one place. I would of course share it here

Now, what to include? Here is what I have so far:

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
A Terribly Strange Bed by Wilkie Collins
The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A Jury of her Peers by Susan Glaspell
The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
The Garden Party by Katherine Mansfield
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
The Lady, or the Tiger? by Frank Richards Stockton
Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy
The $30,000 Bequest by Mark Twain
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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I will have to check out some I haven't read.

Joseph Epstein's "Coming in With Their Hands Up" probably is in the love-it-or-hate-it category, but I'm not the only one who loved it.

Under copyright, but free from many US public libraries:

http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/sh...their-hands-up
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:24 AM   #4
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:42 AM   #5
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Without doubt,

The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka

The Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe

The Visitor, Roald Dahl

Dahl's works are not in the public domain yet. It is a difficult task picking the best short story from any writer, especially Poe. The level of excellence is high, as it is with Isaac Bashevis Singer and others. Ultimately, the compiler of an anthology has to use his or her instincts to pick the most "deserving" among many children. Sadly, there is no single best work from any writer.

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Old 03-12-2013, 04:48 AM   #6
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There is a nice collection of individual short stories here: http://www.classicshorts.com/bib.html. I read (and was very affected by) Irwin Shaw's "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses" in high school and was pleased to find it there.
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:35 AM   #7
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The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell. It was published in 1924, I am not certain if that makes it public domain or not?
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:37 AM   #8
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Also, In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka. Are you going to allow more than one SS per author?

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Hemingway: Big two hearted river
Fitzgerald: Babylon revisited
Kafka: In the penal colony
Faulkner: Red leaves
Borges: Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote; Three versions of Judas; The Library of Babel; the Zahir...
I'd also include a few folk tales from folklorists like the Grimm Bros. & Yanagita Kunio

I'm also partial to

Sakaguchi Ango's "In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom" & Salinger's "Franny"
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Old 03-13-2013, 01:35 AM   #12
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"The Signalman" by Charles Dickens. A truly classic ghost story.
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:52 AM   #14
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What would you put into an anthology of the best short stories ever?

An Honest Thief
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
A Christmas Tree and a Wedding

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
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Can't help but notice how many of these are ghost/horror/SF/fantastic literature. Does this mean that imaginative and speculative literature has had a greater influence on the development of the short story than other genres?
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