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

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The Complete Short Stories of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Forty stories is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Forty stories Anton Chekhov

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Nine Stories is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Nine Stories J. D. Salinger

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A Good Man Is Hard To Find is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

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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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What We Talk About When We Tal... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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

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The Turn of the Screw and Othe... 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
Where I'm Calling From Raymond Carver

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In Our Time is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
In Our Time Ernest Hemingway

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Welcome to the Monkey House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

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Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 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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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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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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Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Interpreter of Maladies Jhumpa Lahiri

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Goodbye, Columbus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Goodbye, Columbus Philip Roth

The Basic Social Rules Everyone Should Follow

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The Long Valley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added The Long Valley John Steinbeck

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Books of Blood is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
mwahahahaha added Books of Blood Clive Barker

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The Collected Stories is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Collected Stories Katherine MAnsfield

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Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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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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Pastoralia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added Pastoralia George Saunders

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Something Rich and Strange is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added Something Rich and Strange Patricia A. McKillip - book by Ron Rash

20 Books to Read in Your 20s

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We Others by Steven Millhauser is listed (or ranked) 29 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) 30 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

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Tales of the Jazz Age is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Tales of the Jazz Age F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Spooky Tales Inspired by Real ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McC... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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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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Girl boy etc is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Girl boy etc Michael Weinreb

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written

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Brief Interviews with Hideous ... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men David Foster Wallace

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Leaf Storm is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Leaf Storm Gabriel García Márquez

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War Fever is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added War Fever J. G. Ballard

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The triumph of the egg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Triumph of the Egg Sherwood Anderson

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The Ways of White Folks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added The Ways of White Folks Langston Hughes

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In The Garden Of The North Ame... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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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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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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Going to Meet the Man is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Going to Meet the Man James Baldwin

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Jesus' son is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Jesus' Son Denis Johnson

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The most of P.G. Wodehouse is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The most of P.G. Wodehouse P. G. Wodehouse

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Everything's Eventual is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Everything's Eventual Stephen King

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Lost in the Funhouse is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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The Secret Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
The Secret Goldfish David Means

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No One Belongs Here More Than ... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories