Great American Short Stories by Great American Writers

Edited by Thomas Fasano

“These stories remain a joy and a blessing, fragments of an American sublime” —New Literary Review

Great American Short Stories by Great American Writers features 30 of the greatest short stories from the most distinguished writers in the American short-story tradition, this new anthology begins with Washington Irving’s tale “Rip Van Winkle” and ranges across more than one hundred years of storytelling, concluding with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, “Winter Dreams.” Other selections include Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” Melville’s “Bartleby, The Scrivener,” Harte’s “The Luck of Roaring Camp,” “To Build a Fire,” by Jack London, “The Middle Years” by Henry James, plus stories by Mark Twain, Sarah Orne Jewett, Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Stephen Crane, Willa Cather, Ambrose Bierce, Theodore Dreiser, and others. Perfect for classroom use, this outstanding collection of short stories will also prove popular with fiction readers everywhere.

Stores included are:
Washington Irving: “Rip Van Winkle”
William Austin: “Peter Rugg, the Missing Man”
Nathaniel Hawthorne: “Rappaccini’s Daughter”
Edgar Allan Poe: “The Fall of the House of Usher”
Harriet Beecher Stowe: “The Ghost in the Mill”
Herman Melville: “Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street”
Rebecca Harding Davis: “Marcia”
Mark Twain: “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg”
Bret Harte: “The Luck of Roaring Camp”
William Dean Howells: “Editha”
Ambrose Bierce: “Chickamauga”
Henry James: “The Middle Years”
Joel Chandler Harris: “Free Joe and the Rest of the World”
Sarah Orne Jewett: “A White Heron”
Kate Chopin: “Desirée’s Baby”
Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman: “The Revolt of ‘Mother’ “
Charles W. Chesnutt: “The Wife of His Youth”
Hamlin Garland: “Up the Coolly”
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: “The Yellow Wallpaper”
Edith Wharton:” A Journey”
O. Henry: “The Trimmed Lamp”
Frank Norris: “A Deal in Wheat”
Theodore Dreiser: “The Lost Phoebe”
Stephen Crane: “The Blue Hotel”
Paul Laurence Dunbar: “The Lynching of Jube Benson”
Willa Cather: “Paul’s Case”
Jack London: “To Build a Fire”
Sherwood Anderson: “I Want To Know Why”
Ring Lardner: “The Golden Honeymoon”
F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Winter Dreams”

Thomas Fasano is a high school English teacher, author, and blogger. He has edited several books, including James Joyce’s The Dead and a collection of early poems by Robert Frost. He blogs about literature at and classical music at

Great American Short Stories by Great American Writers
Edited by Thomas Fasano
412 pages
$12.95 US
ISBN: 978-0-982129-87-6
Published: June 2011

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