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List Rules Anthologies and edited collections of short fiction

List of the best collections of short stories with most written by one author or stories edited into a compilation that have the same theme. The list is categorized by the first publication date for these short story collections.

 This list asks, “What is the best collection of short stories?” with authors ranging from all time periods and covering various topics. Authors included are James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, David Sedaris, Stephen King and many more. Some authors show up on the list multiple times, so be sure to vote on the author’s work and not just the author themselves. These short story collections will be ordered depending on their ranking by voters.

Short stories have started to become more popular as the internet has given more opportunities for creativity and exposure through digital options. Short stories and the collections of them can be more popular as readers are busier and only have time to devote to a short story instead of a novel.

If your favorite short story collection does not appear on the list to vote on then be sure to add it to the list so that other readers can share their opinion on whether it is the best by voting on it.

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The complete poems and stories... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Dubliners James Joyce

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Nine Stories is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Nine Stories J. D. Salinger

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Welcome to the Monkey House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Forty stories is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Forty stories Anton Chekhov

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The Complete Short Stories of ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

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The Lottery and Other Stories is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Night Shift Stephen King

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The Collected Stories of Kathe... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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The Turn of the Screw and Othe... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Where I'm Calling From Raymond Carver

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What We Talk About When We Tal... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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The night in question is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Night in Question Tobias Wolff

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The Collected Stories is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Collected Stories Katherine MAnsfield

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Tenth of December is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Tenth of December George Saunders

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Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri

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Don't Look Now is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Don't Look Now Daphne du Maurier

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Brief Interviews with Hideous ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men David Foster Wallace

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Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Goodbye, Columbus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Goodbye, Columbus Philip Roth

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Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges

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In Our Time is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
In Our Time Ernest Hemingway

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Tales of the Jazz Age is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Tales of the Jazz Age F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Leaf Storm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Leaf Storm Gabriel García Márquez

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The most of P.G. Wodehouse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The most of P.G. Wodehouse P. G. Wodehouse

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War Fever is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
War Fever J. G. Ballard

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Going to Meet the Man is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Going to Meet the Man James Baldwin

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The Ways of White Folks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Ways of White Folks Langston Hughes

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The triumph of the egg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Triumph of the Egg Sherwood Anderson

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In The Garden Of The North Ame... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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The Life to Come (and Other St... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Collected stories of Wallace S... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Everything's Eventual is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Everything's Eventual Stephen King

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No One Belongs Here More Than ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Lost in the Funhouse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Naked is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Naked David Sedaris

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The Female of the Species: Tal... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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This is How You Lose Her is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Girl boy etc is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Girl boy etc Michael Weinreb

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Drown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Drown Junot Díaz

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Jesus' son is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Jesus' Son Denis Johnson

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The Secret Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Secret Goldfish David Means

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The Ladies of Grace Adieu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Ladies of Grace Adieu Susanna Clarke

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Fragile Things is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Fragile Things Neil Gaiman

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Willful Creatures is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Willful Creatures Aimee Bender

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When You Are Engulfed in Flame... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories