Best Short Story Writers of 1951-2000Blue_Devereaux I will make another list of the best 19th century short story writers. There are far too many good writers for just 10, so dividing them up by century made sense with the 20th century divided again. Dividing the 20th C. still presents problems as where do authors with long careers or who straddle the dividing line belong (Welty, Capote, Bradbury, Porter, Salinger, Jackson for example). Off the top of my head I came up with over thirty writers. My mother, an English teacher who was my high school English teacher 9th-12th grades, incidentally, came up with even more names.
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Our most recent winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature who is also a 21st century writer - Blue_Devereaux
He could also go on the first half of the 20th C. list, but since his heyday was the 50s and 60s, I put him here. - Blue_Devereaux
I haven't read 'Nine Stories' yet, but I'm definitely very fond of 'The Catcher in the Rye' and of 'Franny and Zooey'. Okay, okay, these are not short stories, (forgive me for babbling away! ) but whenever I see the name Salinger somewhere, these two little diamonds automatically come in my mind. People who haven't read them, well, they don't know what they are missing! Especially, I find 'Franny and Zooey' terribly underrated in comparison with 'The Catcher in The Rye'. Actually, both are equally inspirational.
Another one who straddles the line. He wrote a lot of stories in the 40s, but his most famous works, including the collection "Nine Stories" was published in the 50s. - Blue_Devereaux
I'm betting she will soon win the Nobel Prize for Literature. - Blue_Devereaux
She's one who straddles the line diving the century, but most of her stories and all of her novels are post 1950. - Blue_Devereaux
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