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The Best Collections of Short Stories  

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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 s... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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Nine Stories is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
J. D. Salinger
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Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
James Joyce
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The Complete Short Stori... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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The Martian Chronicles ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Ray Bradbury
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Forty stories is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Anton Chekhov
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A Good Man Is Hard To Fi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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What We Talk About When ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
-1458483568554 added Jorge Luis Borges
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The Lottery and Other St... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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The Turn of the Screw an... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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Where I'm Calling From ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Raymond Carver
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Welcome to the Monkey Ho... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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Don't Look Now is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Daphne du Maurier
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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Stephen King
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In Our Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Ernest Hemingway
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Leaf Storm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Gabriel García Márquez
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The Collected Stories of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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The Life to Come (and Ot... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added E. M. Forster
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Interpreter of Maladies ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Jhumpa Lahiri
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Desperate Times: Short S... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
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Everything's Eventual is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Stephen King
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Jesus' son is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Denis Johnson
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Tales of the Jazz Age is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Books of Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
mwahahahaha added Clive Barker