Best 19th Century Short Story Writers

Blue_Devereaux
There are so many good short story writers, I had to divide my lists into 19th C. , 1st half 20th C. , and 2nd half 20th C.

The Top Ten

1 Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American ...read more.

He developed a list of characteristic of the short story:

1. brief piece of narrative prose fiction able to be read in one sitting
2. has a single mood or theme (unity of effect)
3. unity of effect established by the first sentence
4. each sentence should support the theme - Blue_Devereaux

2 Anton Chekhov Anton Chekhov Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (29 January 1860 – 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short fiction in history. ...read more.
3 Guy de Maupassant Guy de Maupassant ...read more.
4 Kate Chopin
5 Henry James Henry James Henry James (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American-born British writer. He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism.

My favourite writer of all time.

His writing crosses into the 20th C. , too, but most of his stories are from the 19th C. - Blue_Devereaux

6 Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling's short stories have simplistic beauty. He could use imagery of nature's scenes in his stories with perfection. - Kiteretsunu

Like James, his writing crosses into the 20th C. , too, but most of his stories are from the 19th C. - Blue_Devereaux

7 Mark Twain Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist.
8 Ambrose Bierce
9 Stephen Crane
10 Herman Melville Herman Melville Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period best known for Typee, a romantic account of his experiences in Polynesian life, and his whaling novel Moby-Dick.
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