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rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 5:05:30 AM

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In another forum I once tried to establish a list of famous short stories hoping to get some contribution from others.
But I remained the only one who worked on this subject.

But I would like to present my first list here on this forum. Perhaps others will add their favourite short story too.


Ambroce Bierce, USA – An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge
O. Henri, USA – The Gift of the Magi. Very sentimental story.
Hemingway, USA – Old Man at the Bridge. Impressive illustration of the atrocities of war – without canon thunder.
John Wyndham, GB – The Meteor. SF story
Roald Dahl, GB – Lamb to the Slaughter . A criminal case.
Wolfgang Borchert, Ger – Nachts schlafen die Ratten doch. (But the rats sleep at night.) Post-war theme.
Franz Kafka, Ger – Vor dem Gesetz. (Before the law.) Unfathomable parable.
Maupassant, France – La parure. (The Necklace). Very sentimental story.
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When I wrote this list I added: At short notice I don't recall any other stories.
But authors from Italy Spain, Russia, Scandinavia, Southamerica, Japan, Africa and other countries should not
be forgotten. A good list should have about 100 titles.
My definition of a good short story is: When you have read it and it remains in your mind all your life then it is
a good story.
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 5:08:25 AM

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Now reading this list I see I have forgotten

Edgar Allan Poe, USA
- The Pit and the Pendulum
- The Masque of the Red Death
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Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 5:19:21 AM

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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street - Herman Melville
The Last Flower - James Thurber
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 5:46:01 AM

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Ah, as you name James Thurber
I recall his version of
- Little Red Riding Hood. When the wolf threatens her she draws a pistol out of her pocket and shoots the wolf down.
His comment on the story: Nowadays it isn't so easy for wolfs to eat up little girls. They have become very clever.
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 5:58:46 AM

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Saki (H. H. Munroe) - The Open Window. Story with a surprise ending.
Munroe Leaf - The Story of Ferdinand (the Little Bull). An impressive children's story with wonderfull illustrations
by Robert Lawson.
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Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:10:15 AM

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Sorry for the German text, I still have to translate it.

Re: Eine Auswahlliste berühmter oder bedeutender Kurzgeschichten
Herodes, Salomé und Johannes - Bibel Matthäus 14.1-13

Wohl eine der besten Kurzgeschichten der Welt - 13 Zeilen, aber es steht ein Roman dahinter. Und die Literatur hat diesen Stoff auch oft genug aufgegriffen

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salome_%28Tochter_der_Herodias%...

Im Absatz "Ursprung der Legende" wird erzählt, wie es zur Enthauptung des Johannes kam.

König Herodes hatte die Frau seines Bruders Philip geheiratet. Sie hieß Herodias. Johannes hatte dies angeprangert als nicht ganz rechtmäßig. Wohl auf Drängen der Heriodias ließ der König Johannes in den Kerker werfen und er hätte ihn gerne töten lassen, aber er fürchtete den Stimmungsumschwund des Volkes, dem Johannes als Prophet galt. Aber bei der Geburtstagsfeier des Herodes tanzte Salomé, die Tochter der Herodias, dermaßen aufreizend, daß sie den Männern und dem König den Kopf verdrehte. Er versprach ihr, sie dürfe sich wünschen, was sie wolle. Nach Rücksprache mit der Mutter verlangte Salome den Kopf des Johannes. Der König war geschockt, aber wegen seines Eides, den er vor allen Gästen geschworen hatte, blieb ihm keine Wahl. Er ließ Johannes enthaupten.

Ich stelle fest, meine Zusammenfassung ist um zwei Zeilen länger als die Bibelgeschichte. Deswegen ist es eine "Kurzgeschichte".

Wer wieder mal den Bibeltext lesen will (Matthäus 14.1-12)

http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/5560/40

Edit: I'm sorry I thought I could delete the German text. But it isn't possible any longer.

Edit 2: Now I have found out you have the possibility to delete a post only for ten minutes. It was practical for the purpose of translating to have the German text below the window for translating into English. So I see I have to do translations within ten minutes.
Ray41
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:24:54 AM

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If you would like to read some fair dinkum Aussie short stories, try Henry Lawson.

He wrote stories about the Oz bush,[countryside, outback] and lots of great characters,all gleaned from his wanderings in the late 1800's to early 1900's.
Here is a sample; The Drovers Wife.

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/DrovWife.shtml

rogermue wrote:
A good list should have about 100 titles.
My definition of a good short story is: When you have read it and it remains in your mind all your life then it is
a good story
.

This is a link to 130+ of Lawson's short stories.I hope that is enough.Whistle I am sure that you will find that you will remember most of these, enjoy. Ray.

http://www.readbookonline.net/books/Lawson/155/
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:41:20 AM

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Herod, Salome and John the Baptist - Bible Matthew 14:1-14:12

Perhaps one of the best short stories in the world - 9 verses (3-11), but there is a novel behind it.
And authors have taken up this stuff often enough.

The story tells how the beheading of John the Baptist came to pass.
King Herod had married the wife of his brother Philip. Her name was Herodias.
John had denounced this marriage as not legal. Presumably at the instigation of Herodias
King Herod had John imprisoned and he would have liked to have him killed
but he was afraid of the people who revered John as a prophet.

At the celebration of his birthday Saome, the daughter of Herodias, danced so lasciviously
she turned on the guests and the king. He promised her to fulfil any wish she might have.

Salome asked her mother for advice and the mother told her to demand John's head on a silver platter.
The king was shocked for he liked the courageous and wise man
but because of his oath which he had declared in front of all guests he had no choice.
And he had John the Baptist beheaded.

There is a lot in this story that throws a light on the relationship between man and woman.
I think I don't need to enumerate all things contained in the story - they are clear enough.

If you want to read the story in English

Bible: The Death of John the Baptist

excaelis
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:47:52 AM

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Ender's Game, Unaccompanied Sonata - Orson Scott Card

The Red-Headed League.- Arthur Conan Doyle

Bella Fleace Gave a Party,- Ray Bradbury

No One Writes To The Colonel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Shredni Vashtar, Roald Dahl
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 6:54:26 AM

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I dislike to correct you, Excaelis, you made such a good contribution -
but I think Shredni Vashtar is by Saki.
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If you haven't read The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, add it to your list. It's a classic and unforgettable story about the dangers of blind obedience.
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 7:56:09 AM

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Link to the text of The Lotterey recommended by Songbird6

Text The Lottery

As I see from the English Wikipedia 'The Lottery' it is a very exceptional story that raised a lot of fuss and irritation, even fury. But as a story it is impressive and it shows what sinister tracks a small religious society can be wandering along.

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Somehow this story makes me think of the novel 'The Scarlet Letter' by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850.
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Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 8:11:36 AM
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"The Chaser" by John Collier

THe Chaser - full text
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 8:17:25 AM

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The Birds by Daphne du Maurier
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Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 8:19:59 AM
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Jack London, To Build a Fire.
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 8:24:10 AM

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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
The Birds by Daphne du Maurier


Right, JJ, a very good story - and along with Hitchcock's thrilling film version it is a gem.
Daphne du Maurier has written quite a lot of good short stories.



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rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 8:35:18 AM

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Maggie wrote:
"The Chaser" by John Collier

THe Chaser - full text

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Ah, here comes an author with a lot of short stories - an author I don't know yet.
I read in Wikipedia about The Chaser:

"The Chaser" — A young man buying a genuine love potion cannot understand why the seller sells love potions for a dollar, but also offers a colorless, tasteless, undetectable poison at a much, much higher price. The story was adapted as an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Thanks for the link to the text, it's a really short story - about one or two pages.
rogermue
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mailady wrote:
Jack London, To Build a Fire.


One of those famous stories the title of which I have read again and again - but, it's a shame, I haven't managed to read it yet.
But at least I have now read the really good summary of the story in Wikipedia

Summary, Wikipedia
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Read it at night during a snowstorm.
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling
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I see all of you are well-read and your activity in contributing is amazing. Applause Applause Applause
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Candaules - painting

Picture legend: Candaules, King of Lydia, Shews his Wife by Stealth to Gyges, One of his Ministers, As She Goes to Bed - by William Etty. This image illustrates Herodotus's version of the tale of Gyges.


Herodotus - Candaules, his wife and Gyges

According to The Histories of Herodotus, Candaules bragged of his wife's incredible beauty to his favorite bodyguard Gyges. "It appears you don't believe me when I tell you how lovely my wife is," said Candaules. "A man always believes his eyes better than his ears; so do as I tell you - contrive to see her naked."[
Gyges refused; he did not wish to dishonor the Queen by seeing her nude body. He also feared what the King might do to him if he did accept.
Candaules was insistent, and Gyges had no choice but to obey. Candaules detailed a plan by which Gyges would hide behind a door in the royal bedroom to observe the Queen disrobing before bed. Gyges would then leave the room while the Queen's back was turned.
That night, the plan was executed. However, the Queen saw Gyges as he left the room, and recognized immediately that she had been betrayed and shamed by her own husband. She silently swore to have her revenge, and began to arrange her own plan.
The next day, the Queen summoned Gyges to her chamber. Although Gyges thought nothing of the routine request, she confronted him immediately with her knowledge of his misdeed and her husband's. "One of you must die," she declared. "Either my husband, the author of this wicked plot; or you, who have outraged propriety by seeing me naked."
Gyges pleaded with the Queen not to force him to make this choice. She was relentless, and eventually he chose to betray the King so that he should live.
The Queen prepared for Gyges to kill Candaules by the same manner in which she was shamed. Gyges hid behind the door of the bedroom chamber with a knife provided by the Queen, and killed him in his sleep. Gyges married the Queen and became King, and father to the Mermnad Dynasty.

From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candaules

Edit: In the film The English Patient (top novel and top film) the story of Candaules is a built-in element. See youtube video

Candaules story in The English Patient

PS If I click at 'cc' and choose 'transcipt' from the menu I get the subtitles.
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Also a famous story I haven't read up to now. But with Mark Twain one can always be sure to get a good story.
Thanks for the link to the text (one or two pages).
rogermue
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:27:16 AM

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Japanese literature

I have got only some glimpses of Japanese literature but there are famous short stories as well. I think the authors
- Yasunari KAWABATA
- Haruki MURAKAMI
should be mentioned.

Unfortunately my knowledge of Japanese literature is not sufficient to give any titles of famous short stories.
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excaelis wrote:
Ender's Game, Unaccompanied Sonata - Orson Scott Card

The Red-Headed League.- Arthur Conan Doyle

Bella Fleace Gave a Party,- Ray Bradbury

No One Writes To The Colonel, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Shredni Vashtar, Roald Dahl

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I know Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. An exceptional SF narrative with a surprise ending. Impressive.

uuaschbaer
Posted: Sunday, March 4, 2012 10:43:29 AM

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Jorge Luis Borges's The Garden of Forking Paths has some renown; whether it meets your definition of good, rogermue, I will tell you as soon as I'm dead.
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In any case Jorge Luis Borges is a famous author and with him we have a representative of South America beside Marquez.
It's a pity I don't know any short stories of Borges or Marquez.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury

If a collection of short stories can be added...

Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
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Plenty of short stories in Edgar Lee Master`s Spoon River Anthology!
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I bought the record long time ago.

Riki Tiki Tavi




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Mary Hottinger, Der Connaisseur. Two volumes.

A collection of masterful stories, American and British authors. As it seems the book is published only in German.
If I have the time I will give a list of the authors and titles of the stories.
excaelis
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rogermue wrote:
I dislike to correct you, Excaelis, you made such a good contribution -
but I think Shredni Vashtar is by Saki.


Thanks Roger. In my defence it was very late.
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Not particularly famous/important, but comical and poignant...

First Confession - F. O'Connor (reading)

part 1: http://youtu.be/zpHgSVUSrfY

part 2: http://youtu.be/kAA-2NsRcZ8
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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almostfreebird wrote:

I bought the record long time ago.

Riki Tiki Tavi



AFB,
did you happen to notice this thread is about short stories?.
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