Famous Short Story Writers - List of Famous Short Story Writers - page 9

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
Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield was a well-known 19th century modernist writer

Jules Verne

Jules Verne was an acclaimed French novelist, best known for adventure novels

FrenchFebruary 8, 1828137 views

Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates is an acclaimed, award-winning American novelist, short story writer and poet

AmericanJune 16, 1938177 views

Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad was an acclaimed Polish author, who wrote in English

PolishDecember 3, 1857126 views

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was a celebrated American writer famous for his novel, ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

AmericanFebruary 27, 1902318 views

John Dann MacDonald

John Dann MacDonald was an American novelist and short story writer, best known for his thrillers

AmericanJuly 24, 1916127 views

James Joyce

James Joyce was an acclaimed Irish author

IrishFebruary 2, 1882137 views

Jack London

Jack London was a short-story writer hailing from America, who was also a social activist and journalist

AmericanJanuary 12, 1876234 views

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, who was also associated with the American Romantic Movement

AmericanJanuary 19, 1809122 views