Famous Short Story Writers - List of Famous Short Story Writers - page 2

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
John SteinbeckFebruary 27, 1902AmericanJohn Steinbeck was a celebrated American writer famous for his novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’
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
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
Ernest HemingwayJuly 21, 1899AmericanErnest Hemingway was a Nobel Prize-winning American writer
Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond

Ruskin Bond is an award winning Indian author of British descent

IndianMay 19, 1934690 views

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce was an American journalist, satirist and writer of sardonic short stories

AmericanJune 24, 1842120 views

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was an American author and humorist

AmericanNovember 30, 1835166 views

Saki

Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki, was a witty British writer

BritishDecember 18, 1870231 views

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell was a 19th century British novelist and short story writer

Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson was a famous Australian writer, known for works including ‘The Drover’s Wife’, and ‘Past Carin’

AustralianJune 17, 1867103 views

Abraham Valdelomar

Abraham Valdelomar was a notable Peruvian writer, poet and art illustrator

PeruvianApril 27, 1888149 views

Augusto Roa Bastos

Augusto Roa Bastos is a famous Paraguayan novelist and screenplay writer who is renowned for his book ‘Yo, el Supremo’

ParaguayanJune 13, 1917106 views

Fran Levstik

Fran Levstik was a Slovenian poet, playwright, political activist and a critic, one of the most acclaimed writers of the 19th century.