Famous Short Story Writers - List of Famous Short Story Writers - page 3

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
John SteinbeckFebruary 27, 1902AmericanJohn Steinbeck was a celebrated American writer famous for his novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’
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
Miljenko Jergović

Miljenko Jergović

Miljenko Jergovic is a prolific writer hailing from Croatia, best known for his works such as 'Over the Frozen Bridge' and 'Mama Leone'

BosnianMay 28, 1966151 views

Cristina Peri Rossi

Cristina Peri Rossi is a renowned woman writer of Latin America and is known for her works such as ‘The Ship of Fools’ and ‘Abandoned museums’

UruguayanNovember 12, 1941132 views

Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat is a Haitian-American author whose literary works emphasize on the lives of women and their relationships

HaitianJanuary 19, 1969199 views

Elin Pelin

Elin Pelin was a Bulgarian novelist

BulgarianJuly 8, 1877169 views

Jalil Mammadguluzadeh

Jalil Mammadguluzadeh was a famous Azerbaijani writer and satirist

Honoré de Balzac

Honoré de Balzac was a French novelist and playwright

FrenchMay 20, 1799132 views

Sherwood Anderson

Sherwood Anderson was a notable writer who contributed extensively in the 1920s and 30s

AmericanSeptember 13, 1876140 views

Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand was one of the first Indian writers in English to gain international fame

IndianDecember 12, 1905197 views

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay

Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay/Chatterjee was a famous Bengali writer, poet and journalist

IndianJune 27, 1838157 views