Best 19th Century Short Story Writers

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 (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 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 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. more.
3 Guy de Maupassant Henri René Albert Guy de Maupassant (5 August 1850 – 6 July 1893) was a French writer, remembered as a master of the short story form, and as a representative of the naturalist school of writers, who depicted human lives and destinies and social forces in disillusioned and often pessimistic terms. more.
4 Kate Chopin
5 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 Joseph Rudyard Kipling (December 30, 1865 – January 16, 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work. more.

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 Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.
8 Ambrose Bierce
9 Stephen Crane
10 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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