Famous Short Story Writers - List of Famous Short Story Writers - page 10

Short story writers write short pieces of prose fiction that generally focus on a single theme, simple plots and few characters. There is considerable debate surrounding what should be the appropriate word limit for a piece of fiction to be considered a short story; it is generally considered to be between 1000 to about 20,000 words. Edgar Allan Poe, the famous American author regarded to be one of the earliest writers of short stories defined a short story as a short piece of fiction that can be read in one sitting. However this categorization is also subjective, there is no concrete definition of what constitutes the time limit for one sitting. Many novelists begin their career as writers of short stories. Writing shorter pieces of prose before commencing a lengthier piece of work gives them an opportunity to hone their writing skills and get an idea about the readership for their works. It also helps popularize the writer’s name in the market so that any other work by the same author is received favorably. Short stories are mostly based on a single theme that revolves around a small cast of characters, and are usually less complex than novels. Listed below is a collection of the biographies about the lives and works of famous short story writers from around the world.

The Most Famous Short Story Writers

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Charles BukowskiAugust 16, 1920German, AmericanCharles Bukowski was a German-born American novelist, short story writer and poet
Ruskin BondMay 19, 1934IndianRuskin Bond is an award winning Indian author of British descent
O. HenrySeptember 11, 1862AmericanWilliam Sydney Porter, more famous by his pen name O
Neil GaimanNovember 10, 1960BritishNeil Gaiman is an English writer of novels, short stories, children’s books and other literature
Guy de MaupassantAugust 5, 1850FrenchGuy de Maupassant was an acclaimed French short story writer and novelist
John SteinbeckFebruary 27, 1902AmericanJohn Steinbeck was a celebrated American writer famous for his novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’
H. E. BatesMay 16, 1905BritishHerbert Ernest Bates was a famous English writer
Luigi PirandelloJune 28, 1867ItalianLuigi Pirandello was a Nobel Prize winning Italian writer and dramatist
Aldous HuxleyJuly 26, 1894British, AmericanAldous Leonard Huxley was a prominent English writer
Mulk Raj AnandDecember 12, 1905IndianMulk Raj Anand was one of the first Indian writers in English to gain international fame
Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Poland-born Jewish-American writer and the winner of Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978

PolishNovember 21, 1902210 views

Herman Melville

Herman Melville was an acclaimed American novelist and poet, best known for his novel ‘Moby-Dick’

AmericanAugust 1, 1819142 views

Henry James

Henry James was an American writer regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism

AmericanApril 15, 1843197 views

H. E. Bates

Herbert Ernest Bates was a famous English writer

BritishMay 16, 1905284 views

Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa was a Portuguese poet, writer, philosopher, literary critic, publisher and translator.

PortugueseJune 13, 1888164 views

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway was a Nobel Prize-winning American writer

AmericanJuly 21, 1899240 views

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American writer

AmericanJanuary 24, 1862144 views

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction

NigerianSeptember 15, 1977163 views

Munshi Premchand

Munshi Premchand was one of the greatest writers of modern Hindi and Urdu literature

IndianJuly 31, 1880227 views