All literature majors, whether undergraduate or graduate, eventually sit around and discuss what they would put on their lists of favorite stories, novels, poems, or plays. Though my lists tends to disassemble and reassemble themselves, my top-ten list of short stories remains the most stable. Below are Dara’s top ten favorite short stories (in no particular order except as they occurred to me):
10. “The Jolly Corner” by Henry James
9. “Death in the Woods” by Sherwood Anderson
8. “The Garden of Forking Paths” by Jorge Luis Borges
7. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
6. “The White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett
5. “The Rockinghorse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence
4. “Bartleby the Scrivener” by Herman Melville
3. “The Falling Girl” by Dino Buzzati
2. “All at One Point” by Italo Calvino
1. “The Explosion in Parlor” by Bai-Xiao-Yi
I know. I know. How could I leave out Poe, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver, Heminway, and so many more? Maybe I need 2 top ten lists. Hmm . . . I would also probably want to include
10. “Beyond the Bayou” by Kate Chopin
9. “The Zebra Storyteller” by Spenser Holtz
8. “The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth” by Ron Rash
. . . okay, okay, I better stop here or I’ll wind up with a dozen lists.
Abbie, this blog’s for you. And to all my readers: What are your favorite short stories?
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