The Short Story Collections

at American Literature


Invest just a few minutes in a great short story and you may be rewarded with a lesson or memory that lasts a lifetime. And it's not just the short stories; the authors can also surprise you. Stephen Crane is best known for writing The Red Badge of Courage, but invest ten or fifteen minutes to read A Dark Brown Dog and you'll likely remember him for that work instead. Likewise W.W. Jacobs is famous for his frightening short story The Monkey's Paw, but if you explore the rest of his work you will find that Jacobs wrote dozens of humorous stories about sea life.

We hope that you will return to this collection again and again; to re-read old favorites and discover new ones.