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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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38 15
Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Dubliners James Joyce

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28 10
A Good Man Is Hard To Find is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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26 9
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

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27 10
The Complete Short Stories of ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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35 17
Nine Stories is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Nine Stories J. D. Salinger

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23 10
Forty stories is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Forty stories Anton Chekhov

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Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
-1458483568554 added Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges

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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Night Shift Stephen King

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17 9
The Lottery and Other Stories is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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18 10
Where I'm Calling From is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Where I'm Calling From Raymond Carver

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19 11
Welcome to the Monkey House is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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14 7
What We Talk About When We Tal... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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15 11
In Our Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
In Our Time Ernest Hemingway

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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14 10
The Turn of the Screw and Othe... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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13 9
The Collected Stories of Kathe... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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The night in question is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Night in Question Tobias Wolff

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10 9
Tenth of December is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Tenth of December George Saunders

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The Collected Stories is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Collected Stories Katherine MAnsfield

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Don't Look Now is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Don't Look Now Daphne du Maurier

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

The Best American Actresses Working Today

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Spooky Tales Inspired by Real ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Something Rich and Strange is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added Something Rich and Strange Patricia A. McKillip - book by Ron Rash

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We Others by Steven Millhauser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added We Others by Steven Millhauser

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Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

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Civilwarland in Bad Decline by... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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The Long Valley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added The Long Valley John Steinbeck

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Pastoralia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added Pastoralia George Saunders

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

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Tales of the Jazz Age is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Tales of the Jazz Age F. Scott Fitzgerald

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7 7
Brief Interviews with Hideous ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men David Foster Wallace

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7 7
Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri

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1 1
Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McC... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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10 11
Everything's Eventual is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Everything's Eventual Stephen King

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Miss Helen E is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
1520266802587 added Miss Helen E Mike Cartwright

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Goodbye, Columbus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Goodbye, Columbus Philip Roth

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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4 5
War Fever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added War Fever J. G. Ballard

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4 5
The Ways of White Folks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added The Ways of White Folks Langston Hughes

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5 7
Jesus' son is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Jesus' Son Denis Johnson

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5 7
Leaf Storm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Leaf Storm Gabriel García Márquez

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4 6
The triumph of the egg is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Triumph of the Egg Sherwood Anderson

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3 5
Going to Meet the Man is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Going to Meet the Man James Baldwin

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3 5
Collected stories of Wallace S... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

Insanely Cool Animals You Can Only Find In Madagascar

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3 5
The Life to Come (and Other St... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added The Life to Come and Other Stories E. M. Forster

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4 7
No One Belongs Here More Than ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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4 7
The most of P.G. Wodehouse is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The most of P.G. Wodehouse P. G. Wodehouse

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2 5
The Secret Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Secret Goldfish David Means

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In The Garden Of The North Ame... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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4 8
Girl boy etc is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Girl boy etc Michael Weinreb

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2 6
Lost in the Funhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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This is How You Lose Her is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories