Literature The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories  

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The absolute best J. D. Salinger short stories of all time, ranked based on the community's votes. This list has the most popular J. D. Salinger short stories, and includes related images and publishing information as well. Jerome David "J. D." Salinger was an American writer born in New York City in 1919. Most well known for his novel The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger also wrote a number of short stories that received much critical acclaim. What are the best short stories written by J. D. Salinger?

This list features the absolute best J. D. Salinger short stories. The titles are listed based on the number of votes cast for each story, and your votes can help determine the order as well! Included among the best Salinger short stories are "A Perfect Day for Bananafish, "For Esme – with Love and Squalor," "Teddy, "The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls," "The Laughing Man," and "Just Before the War with the Eskimos."

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A Perfect Day for Bananafish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
A Perfect Day for Bananafish 1948, The New Yorker

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For Esmé—with Love And ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
For Esmé—with Love And Squalor 1950, The New Yorker

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The Laughing Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
The Laughing Man 1949, The New Yorker

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Teddy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Teddy 1953, The New Yorker

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Just Before The War with The E... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories

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Down at the Dinghy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Down at the Dinghy 1953, Nine Stories

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The Ocean Full of Bowling Ball... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories

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A Boy in France is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
A Boy in France 1945, The Saturday Evening Post

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De Daumier-Smith's Blue Pe... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period 1952, Information World Review

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Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut 1948, Nine Stories

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Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes 1951, Nine Stories

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The Young Folks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
The Young Folks 1940, Whit Burnett's Story

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A Girl I Knew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
A Girl I Knew 1948, Good Housekeeping

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Seymour: An Introduction is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Seymour: An Introduction 1963, The New Yorker

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A Young Girl In 1941 with No W... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories

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The Children's Echelon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
The Children's Echelon Unpublished work

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Hapworth 16, 1924 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Hapworth 16, 1924 1924, The New Yorker

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The Heart of a Broken Story is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories

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Slight Rebellion Off Madison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Slight Rebellion Off Madison 1946, The New Yorker

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Elaine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Elaine 1945, Story

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Soft-Boiled Sergeant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
The Stranger 1945, Collier's Magazine

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The Long Debut of Lois Taggett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories

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The Magic Foxhole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
The Magic Foxhole Unpublished work

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Mrs. Hincher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Mrs. Hincher Unpublished work

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Last Day of the Last Furlough is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Last Day of the Last Furlough 1944, Saturday Evening Post

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The Last and Best of the Peter... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories

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Once a Week Won't Kill You is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Once a Week Won't Kill You 1944, Story Magazine

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Go See Eddie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Go See Eddie 1940, University Review

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This Sandwich Has No Mayonnais... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories

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Two Lonely Men is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Two Lonely Men Unpublished work

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The Varioni Brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
The Varioni Brothers 1943, Saturday Evening Post

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Personal Notes Of an Infantrym... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Personal Notes Of an Infantryman 1942, Collier's Magazine

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The Hang of It is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
The Hang of It 1941, Collier's Magazine

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Blue Melody is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Blue Melody 1948, Cosmopolitan

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The Inverted Forest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
The Inverted Forest 1947, Cosmopolitan

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Both Parties Concerned is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
Both Parties Concerned 1944, Saturday Evening Post

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I'm Crazy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best J. D. Salinger Short Stories
I'm Crazy 1945, Collier's Magazine