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48 Essential Short Stories: Prof. Dennis Cutchins’ List

On “This’ll Take A While”, host Dean Duncan invited friend and fellow Professor Dennis Cutchins into the studio to discuss short stories. The one episode turned into two shows talking about the art of short stories and Dennis Cutchins left us with a list of the best short stories to read.

Short Stories Part I

Short Stores Part II

Edgar Allen Poe:

“The Tell-Tale Heart”

“The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar”

“Murders in the Rue Morgue”

“The Purloined Letter”


Mark Twain:

“The Jumping Frog”

“The Story of the Good Little Boy”

Ernest Hemingway:

“The Short Happy Life of Frances Macomber”

Stephen King:

“Sometimes They Come Back”

“Quitters Inc.”

Ray Bradbury:

“A Sound of Thunder”

“The Fog Horn”

“The Veldt”

Ambrose Bierce:

“Moxon’s Master” (1893 The first robot story I know of)

Ursula LeGuin:

“The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”

JD Salinger:

“Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut”


F Scott Fizgerald:

“Babylon Revisited”

Henry James:

“The Pupil”

Herman Melville:

“Bartleby the Scrivner”

Joyce Carol Oates:

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

John Cheever:

“The Swimmer”

“The Enormous Radio”

Donald Barthelme:

“The School”

“Some of Us had Been Threatening Our Friend Colby”

O. Henry (William Henry Porter):

“The Last Leaf”

“The Gift of the Magi”

John W. Campbell:

“Who Goes There”

HG Wells:

“The Chronic Argonauts”

Conan Doyle:

“The Speckled Band”

James Joyce:

“The Dead”


Thomas Wolfe:

“The Child by Tiger”

“The Lost Boy”

Flannery O’ Connor:

“Good Country People”

"A Good Man is Hard to Find”

Sherwood Anderson:

“Winesburg, Ohio”

Stephen Crane:

“The Blue Hotel”

“The Open Boat”

William Faulkner:

“Red Leaves”

Jack London:

“To Build a Fire”

WW Jacobs:

“The Monkey’s Paw”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman:

“The Giant Wisteria”

Washington Irving:

“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Nathanial Hawthorne:

“Rapacinni’s Daughter”

“Young Goodman Brown”

Kate Chopin:

“A Pair of Silk Stockings”

“The Story of an Hour”

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