In his  Devil’s Dictionary , Ambrose Bierce defined a novel as “a short story padded.” This is an all too apt description. The inability to prune a story to its essential story is an unfortunate quality shared by many modern writers and the primary reason that bookshelves are filled with bloated novels. William Faulkner once wondered if writers didn’t become novelists after having failed at the short story, “the most demanding form after poetry.” Perhaps this is the reason there are even fewer great short stories than there are great novels.

Since I don’t presume to know what works would fill the category of “greatest short fiction” (that’s a task better suited for Alan Jacobs), the following list of short stories is not intended to be representative of the best or most profound works in a particular category. These are merely my favorite twenty-five stories (at least the ones I could remember) and not necessarily the ones I would argue are the best. (Yes, I know. This is a bit of a cop-out and deviation from the series format. But since this is a holiday weekend I’m feeling less contentiously opinionated than usual.)

Except for the first entry—which I would argue is one of the greatest of all times—the list is in no particular order. Links to the stories are provided whenever the stories are available online.

People love stories and they're a great way to learn. We hope you'll visit our most unusual museum, shop and café , and enjoy what's on . Maybe get involved. But that's enough about us. What's your story?

Jane Eyre embodies the selfless woman alone on her journey through a difficult life. Few shards of joy enter Jane’s world but she always is strong and ready to face… Read more

I chose Willy Wonka because he is very creative and a bit magical. He made a chocolate room and you could eat the trees, the grass, mushrooms and even drink… Read more

In his  Devil’s Dictionary , Ambrose Bierce defined a novel as “a short story padded.” This is an all too apt description. The inability to prune a story to its essential story is an unfortunate quality shared by many modern writers and the primary reason that bookshelves are filled with bloated novels. William Faulkner once wondered if writers didn’t become novelists after having failed at the short story, “the most demanding form after poetry.” Perhaps this is the reason there are even fewer great short stories than there are great novels.

Since I don’t presume to know what works would fill the category of “greatest short fiction” (that’s a task better suited for Alan Jacobs), the following list of short stories is not intended to be representative of the best or most profound works in a particular category. These are merely my favorite twenty-five stories (at least the ones I could remember) and not necessarily the ones I would argue are the best. (Yes, I know. This is a bit of a cop-out and deviation from the series format. But since this is a holiday weekend I’m feeling less contentiously opinionated than usual.)

Except for the first entry—which I would argue is one of the greatest of all times—the list is in no particular order. Links to the stories are provided whenever the stories are available online.

People love stories and they're a great way to learn. We hope you'll visit our most unusual museum, shop and café , and enjoy what's on . Maybe get involved. But that's enough about us. What's your story?

Jane Eyre embodies the selfless woman alone on her journey through a difficult life. Few shards of joy enter Jane’s world but she always is strong and ready to face… Read more

I chose Willy Wonka because he is very creative and a bit magical. He made a chocolate room and you could eat the trees, the grass, mushrooms and even drink… Read more

Natasha
My absolute favourite book is Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. I buy it for every single person that even slightly hints that they might be interested in reading it. It’s a philosophical take on how we, as humans, interpret the world from just one perspective, as told by a giant gorilla. Take from that what you will, and read it!

Fiona
I’ve always loved slightly dark stories and, much like Grimms’ Fairy Tales, the one that has always intrigued me was Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid .  The tale ends with her dissolving into the sea foam and I always found this truly disturbing.  These original fairy tales are perfect for sharing with children and adults alike.

Lil
I hold Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier really close to my heart, though I know it has its flaws, not least that it is a poor man’s Jane Eyre . But there’s something so passionate about it that I feel was missing from Jane Eyre. Lord of the Rings obviously has very little competition and the Harry Potters get a circuit every other year just for the sheer joy of the stories.

Sudha Murthy (also spelled Murty ; née Kulkarni on 19 August 1950) is an Indian philanthropist and writer in Kannada and English.

Murthy became the first female engineer hired at India's largest auto manufacturer TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO). Murthy joined the company as a Development Engineer in Pune and then worked in Mumbai & Jamshedpur as well. Murthy had written a postcard to the company's Chairman complaining of the "men only" gender bias at TELCO. As a result, she was granted a special interview and hired immediately. She later joined Walchand Group of Industries at Pune as Senior Systems Analyst.

In 1996, she started Infosys Foundation & till date has been the Trustee of Infosys Foundation and a Visiting Professor at the PG Center of Bangalore University. She also taught at Christ College . [9] She has written and published many books, of which two are travelogues, two technical books, six novels and three educative books.

In his  Devil’s Dictionary , Ambrose Bierce defined a novel as “a short story padded.” This is an all too apt description. The inability to prune a story to its essential story is an unfortunate quality shared by many modern writers and the primary reason that bookshelves are filled with bloated novels. William Faulkner once wondered if writers didn’t become novelists after having failed at the short story, “the most demanding form after poetry.” Perhaps this is the reason there are even fewer great short stories than there are great novels.

Since I don’t presume to know what works would fill the category of “greatest short fiction” (that’s a task better suited for Alan Jacobs), the following list of short stories is not intended to be representative of the best or most profound works in a particular category. These are merely my favorite twenty-five stories (at least the ones I could remember) and not necessarily the ones I would argue are the best. (Yes, I know. This is a bit of a cop-out and deviation from the series format. But since this is a holiday weekend I’m feeling less contentiously opinionated than usual.)

Except for the first entry—which I would argue is one of the greatest of all times—the list is in no particular order. Links to the stories are provided whenever the stories are available online.

People love stories and they're a great way to learn. We hope you'll visit our most unusual museum, shop and café , and enjoy what's on . Maybe get involved. But that's enough about us. What's your story?

Jane Eyre embodies the selfless woman alone on her journey through a difficult life. Few shards of joy enter Jane’s world but she always is strong and ready to face… Read more

I chose Willy Wonka because he is very creative and a bit magical. He made a chocolate room and you could eat the trees, the grass, mushrooms and even drink… Read more

Natasha
My absolute favourite book is Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. I buy it for every single person that even slightly hints that they might be interested in reading it. It’s a philosophical take on how we, as humans, interpret the world from just one perspective, as told by a giant gorilla. Take from that what you will, and read it!

Fiona
I’ve always loved slightly dark stories and, much like Grimms’ Fairy Tales, the one that has always intrigued me was Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid .  The tale ends with her dissolving into the sea foam and I always found this truly disturbing.  These original fairy tales are perfect for sharing with children and adults alike.

Lil
I hold Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier really close to my heart, though I know it has its flaws, not least that it is a poor man’s Jane Eyre . But there’s something so passionate about it that I feel was missing from Jane Eyre. Lord of the Rings obviously has very little competition and the Harry Potters get a circuit every other year just for the sheer joy of the stories.

In his  Devil’s Dictionary , Ambrose Bierce defined a novel as “a short story padded.” This is an all too apt description. The inability to prune a story to its essential story is an unfortunate quality shared by many modern writers and the primary reason that bookshelves are filled with bloated novels. William Faulkner once wondered if writers didn’t become novelists after having failed at the short story, “the most demanding form after poetry.” Perhaps this is the reason there are even fewer great short stories than there are great novels.

Since I don’t presume to know what works would fill the category of “greatest short fiction” (that’s a task better suited for Alan Jacobs), the following list of short stories is not intended to be representative of the best or most profound works in a particular category. These are merely my favorite twenty-five stories (at least the ones I could remember) and not necessarily the ones I would argue are the best. (Yes, I know. This is a bit of a cop-out and deviation from the series format. But since this is a holiday weekend I’m feeling less contentiously opinionated than usual.)

Except for the first entry—which I would argue is one of the greatest of all times—the list is in no particular order. Links to the stories are provided whenever the stories are available online.

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