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

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49 18
Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
James Joyce

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35 11
The Complete Short Stories of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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43 21
Nine Stories is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
J. D. Salinger

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29 10
Forty stories is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Anton Chekhov

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32 13
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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30 14
The Martian Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Ray Bradbury

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19 6
Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
-1458483568554 added Jorge Luis Borges

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20 8
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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22 10
The Lottery and Other Stories is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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22 10
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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22 11
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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30 21
Night Shift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Stephen King

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19 13
In Our Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Ernest Hemingway

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21 15
Welcome to the Monkey House 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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9 5
The night in question is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Tobias Wolff

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3 0
Books of Blood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
mwahahahaha added Clive Barker

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11 9
Tenth of December is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
George Saunders

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9 7
Don't Look Now is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Daphne du Maurier

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9 7
Interpreter of Maladies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Jhumpa Lahiri

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8 6
Goodbye, Columbus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Philip Roth

23
2 0
Civilwarland in Bad Decline by... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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2 0
The Long Valley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added John Steinbeck

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10 9
The Collected Stories is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Katherine MAnsfield

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7 6
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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5 4
Spooky Tales Inspired by Real ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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1 0
Pastoralia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added George Saunders

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1 0
Something Rich and Strange is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added Patricia A. McKillip - book by Ron Rash

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1 0
We Others by Steven Millhauser is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added

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1 0
Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Eric Forrest added

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8 8
Brief Interviews with Hideous ... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
David Foster Wallace

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11 12
Tales of the Jazz Age is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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1 1
Thunderstruck by Elizabeth McC... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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0 0
Miss Helen E is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
1520266802587 added Mike Cartwright

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9 10
Jesus' son is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Denis Johnson

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7 8
Girl boy etc is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Michael Weinreb

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12 14
Everything's Eventual is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Stephen King

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

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4 6
War Fever is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added J. G. Ballard

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4 6
Lost in the Funhouse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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4 6
The triumph of the egg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
Sherwood Anderson

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4 6
The Ways of White Folks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added Langston Hughes

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3 5
Collected stories of Wallace S... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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3 5
In The Garden Of The North Ame... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories

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3 5
Going to Meet the Man is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
James Baldwin

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3 5
The Life to Come (and Other St... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
stubb added E. M. Forster

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5 8
No One Belongs Here More Than ... is listed (or ranked) 48 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) 49 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
P. G. Wodehouse

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2 5
The Secret Goldfish is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Collections of Short Stories
David Means