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Old 05-19-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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Favourite public domain short story authors?

I am doing some additions to my free/cheap books webpage and want to beef up the short story offerings. I am sure I've read many great short stories, but I can't remember them all and wading through Project Gutenberg in search of them is a little daunting (hence, the rationale behind the website, to help people filter...) So far, I have Poe, Conan Doyle and Twain. Who else is there? I am looking for authors who are not just classic in their own right but who also have some appeal for modern readers.
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:20 PM   #2
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How about O'Henry? I seem to recall my English teacher taught us he was the master of the short story. That was a long time ago.

And I think Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a bunch of short stories. They may mostly appeal to the American history buffs, but many deal with universal themes.
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:08 PM   #3
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:09 PM   #5
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:19 PM   #6
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Saki (H. H. Munro), M. R. James, Jack London, Guy de Maupassant, Algernon Blackwood, Oliver Onions, Ambrose Bierce, Rudyard Kipling, Bret Harte, Sheridan LeFanu, Damon Runyon, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, etc.
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I am this week reading a number of Dahsiell Hammett shorts stories which I found at munseys.com. He's my favorite 20th century author.
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