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I would say there are a few short story writers who fit the bill:

Cheever.

Chekhov.

Carver.

Flannery O'Connor.

Alice Munro.

Calvino?

Others?

I'd add Babel, Borges and Malamud to the short list.

Hmmm. The best of Fitzgerald is pretty damn good. But it's a checkered lot. He qualifies as one of those "great writers who happened to write some great stories" guys - perhaps because so much of what he did was hurried out for a paycheck?

Faulkner fits in this category as a short story writer as well. "Barn Burning" and "The Bear" are two of the great short stories in the English language, and he has a handful of others nearly as good, but the form in general didn't allow him to stretch out as his novels did (for good or ill).

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I'd add Babel, Borges and Malamud to the short list.

Faulkner fits in this category as a short story writer as well. "Barn Burning" and "The Bear" are two of the great short stories in the English language, and he has a handful of others nearly as good, but the form in general didn't allow him to stretch out as his novels did (for good or ill).

Borges and Babel were on a list of others I didn't post. Agree completely, though I haven't read much Babel. Or much Malamud.

Agree re: Faulkner.

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Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock canon stories are just terrific. Takes you back in time with his writing

Anything by Jules Verne IMO.

Count of Monte Cristo I consider a must read.

John Ransom's Diary is...a must read. The hell this man and others went though is truly hard to comprehend.

 

 

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On 12/28/2009 at 11:00 PM, Lucky Jim said:

I would say there are a few short story writers who fit the bill:

Cheever.

Chekhov.

Carver.

Flannery O'Connor.

Alice Munro.

Calvino?

Others?

Just discovered another brilliant one, actually discovered via Chuck Palahniuk's Stranger than Fiction (a great read in its own right): Amy Hempel. In the Carver minimalist tradition.

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On 10/29/2009 at 7:44 PM, Scrat1 said:

I love A Moveable Feast. That and especially In Our Time are my favorites from Hemingway. I'm not too big on his novels, although I did like The Sun Also Rises.

I can't stand the Grapes of Wrath, but I think I'm in the minority on this one. In fact, I don't like much Steinbeck at all, except his short story The Murder, which I love.

Grapes of Wrath is a great novel.  A moveable feast seems like it was written by a high school student.  Never understood the appeal of Hemmingway. 

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On 10/28/2009 at 4:30 PM, Lucky Jim said:

I was exaggerating. I haven't read it in over a decade (summer 1999); I liked the twelve-step stuff, I loved the tennis academy stuff (esp. Eschaton); there were aspects of the conspiratorial plotlines that I just zoned out on. I really should've flipped the ratio. Probably loved 2/3 of it and glossed over 1/3 of it.

No one likes Infinite Jest. It just insane ramblings of a mad man.  It is just such a painful book to read that people just claim they like it to make themselves seem smart.  The Girl with the Curious Hair has some good stories in it.

"The end of the tour" is a good movie and kind of gives you a good input to what Wallace was like. 

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