ENGL 3670

The Short Story



I.  Background Texts:

"The Shipwrecked Sailor"  (Egypt, c. 2200 BCE)

The Book of Ruth from The Bible (click on sound button for real audio sound file) (900-500 BCE) 

Grimm's Fairy Tales (Traditional German Folktales collected in the 19th century by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm) 


II.  Short Stories

Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Stories  Read "Ligeia" (1838) and "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1850)

Washington Irving: "Rip Van Winkle" (1819); "The Devil and Tom Walker" (1824)

Nathanial Hawthorne: "The Minister's Black Veil" (1836)

Herman Melville: "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Tale of Wall Street" (1853)

Guy de Maupassant: "The Piece of String" (1883) and "The Diary of a Madman"

Anton Chekhov: "The Bet"

Stephen Crane: "The Dark Brown Dog" and "The Open Boat"

Kate Chopin: "Desiree's Baby"

Edith Wharton: "The Dilettante"

James Joyce: "Araby" and Dubliners (digital facsimile edition)

Virginia Woolf: Monday or Tuesday (selected stories)

F. Scott Fitzgerald: "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

Franz Kafka: "Jackals and Arabs" and "The Report for an Academy"

Charles Chesnutt: Selected Stories

W. W. Jacobs: "The Monkey's Paw"

Lafcadio Hearne: "The Soul of the Great Bell" and "Yuki-Onna"

O. Henry: "After Twenty Years," "The Last Leaf" and "A Retrieved Reformation

Katherine Mansfield: The Garden Party and Other Stories (selected stories)

Alexander Pushkin: "The Coffin-Maker"

Leo Tolstoi: "God Sees the Truth But Waits"

Nikolai Gogol: "The Overcoat"

Maxim Gorki: "Her Lover"

Saki (H.H. Munro): "Shredni Vashtar," "The Bull" and "The Open Window