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Subject: Your favorite short stories...
Date Posted: 4/26/2008 4:12 PM ET
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I just discovered a podcast called 'Classic Tales' that does a different short story each week and they're so good!  So far I've heard a Jeeves & Wooster story, Heart of Darkness (in 3 parts) and some ghost stories.  The website says to email if you have a story you want to hear and I'm going to request some Ray Bradbury stories, I remember loving 'The Veldt' and 'The Illustrated Man' and 'The October Country' but does anyone have any other stories they'd recommend? 

Almost forgot the best part... it's free!


Date Posted: 4/26/2008 4:20 PM ET
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I am not a big fan of short stories, yet I find them strangely attracted to them. 

Thanks for the link.  I will check it out.

I think the Awakening by Kate chopin is an excellent story.  Also, anything from Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's book "Arranged Marriages".   As I said I'm not much a fan of short stories, but I read Arrange Marriages non-stop all day.  (Well, I did eat and go to the bathroom...LOL)

Date Posted: 4/26/2008 6:04 PM ET
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I'd recommend Breakfast at Tiffany's and A Christmas Memory both by Truman Capote.

Date Posted: 4/27/2008 12:07 AM ET
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Edgar Allan Poe is my favorite short story writer - The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Purloined Letter, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, many more but those are the ones that come to mind first.

Others I liked:

Mark Twain - The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, The Private History of a Campaign That Failed

Willa Cather - The Burgler's Christmas, The Bohemian Girl, The Affair at Grover Station

Jack London - In A Far Country, The Mexican

Franz Kafka - The Metamorphosis

Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Thief

Mary Shelley - The Mortal Immortal

Guy de Maupassant - The Necklace

Isaac Asimov - I, Robot; The Winds of Change

Jhumpa Lahiri - her book Interpreter of Maladies is a collection of short stories (excellent!)

Eudora Welty - Why I Live at the P.O., The Worn Path, The Golden Apples

Karen Russell - Children's Reminiscences of the Westward Migration



Date Posted: 4/28/2008 8:25 AM ET
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I would recommend ANY of Dorothy Parker's short stories. They range from laugh-out-loud hilarious to very poignant. I have re-read all of her stories dozens of times and never tire of them.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 9:06 AM ET
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The Monkey's Paw, Any Poe, others I just can't remember right now!!!!!

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 9:57 AM ET
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My absolute favorite is "The Cask Of Amontilado" by Edgar Allan Poe. 

Also enjoyed:  August 2026:  There Will Come Soft Rains-Ray Bradbury;  The Lottery-Shirley Jackson;  My Life With The Wave-Ocatvio Paz;   The Bride Comes To Yellow Sky-Stephen Crane;  A Good Man Is Hard To Find-Flannery O'Connor;  A Worn Path-Eudora Welty.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 5:09 PM ET
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I am not a big fan of short stores (little time for character and story development and if I like the characters I want it to be long).  That being said, I do like the short stories of:

J.D. Salinger - all of them

Bailey White's "Mama Makes up her Mind" is a collection of short stories (with the same great characters throughout)- like em!

James Herriot (again- great short stories with the same characters pulling them together in such a way it's hard to think of them as short stories).