Greatest Stories of All Time
200 greatest short works from 2000 BCE to 2000 AD

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BCE
c.1990
Egypt
Story
c.1875
Egypt
Story
CE
c.800–1200
The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
Anonymous
Middle East
Stories
c.800–1400
The Fisherman and the Jinni
Anonymous
Persia
Stories
1348
The Heart of Guillaume de Cabestaing
Giovanni Boccaccio
Italy
Story in poetry
 
The Story of Patient Griselda
Giovanni Boccaccio
Italy
Story in poetry
c.1387-1400
The Knight's Tale
Geoffrey Chaucer
England
Story in poetry
 
The Wife of Bath's Tale
Geoffrey Chaucer
England
Story in poetry
1558
The Misadventures of Bornet
Marguerite de Navarre
France
Story
1710
Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp
Anonymous
Middle East
Story
 
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Anonymous
Middle East
Story
 
The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor
Anonymous
Middle East
Stories
1805
The Marquise of O...
Heinrich von Keist
Germany
Story
1816
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Germany
Story
1816
The Sandman
E.T.A. Hoffmann
Germany
Story
1824
Wandering Willie's Tale
Walter Scott
Scotland
Story
1830
An Incident in the Reign of Terror
Honoré de Balzac
France
Story
1831
The Blizzard
Alexander Pushkin
Russia
Story
1834
The Queen of Spades
Alexander Pushkin
Russia
Story
1835
Thumbelina
Hans Christian Andersen
Denmark
Story
 
Nevsky Prospekt
Nikolai Gogol
Ukraine
Story
 
Young Goodman Brown
Nathaniel Hawthorne
USA
Story
1836
The Nose
Nikolai Gogol
Ukraine
Story
 
The Minister's Black Veil
Nathaniel Hawthorne
USA
Story
1837
The Great Carbuncle
Nathaniel Hawthorne
USA
Story
1839
The Man That Was Used Up
USA
Story
 
The Fall of the House of Usher
USA
Story
 
A Descent into the Maelström
USA
Story
1842
The Overcoat
Nikolai Gogol
Russia
Story
 
The Masque of the Red Death
USA
Story
 
The Pit and the Pendulum
USA
Story
1843
The Ugly Duckling
Hans Christian Andersen
Denmark
Story
 
The Gold Bug
USA
Story
 
The Tell-Tale Heart
USA
Story
1844
The Purloined Letter
USA
Story
1845
The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Andersen
Denmark
Story
1846
The Cask of Amontillado
USA
Story
1852
A Terribly Strange Bed
England
Story
 
Bezhin Lea
Ivan Turgenev
Russia
Story
1853
Bartleby the Scrivener
Herman Melville
USA
Story
1868
The Luck of Roaring Camp
Bret Harte
USA
Story
1873
Marjorie Daw
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
USA
Story
1874
A Fight With a Cannon
Victor-Marie Hugo
France
Story
1876
The Meek One
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russia
Story
1877
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russia
Story
1880
Boule de Suif
Guy de Maupassant
France
Story
1881
Thrawn Janet
Scotland
Story
1882
Two Friends
Guy de Maupassant
France
Story
1883
The Three Strangers
England
Story
1884
The Necklace
Guy de Maupassant
France
Story
 
The Body-Snatcher
Scotland
Story
1885
The Looking Glass
Anton Chekhov
Russia
Story
 
The Three Questions
Leo Tolstoy
Russia
Story
 
Markheim
Scotland
Story
 
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Mark Twain
USA
Story
1886
The Happy Prince
Oscar Wilde
Ireland
Story
 
How Much Land Does a Man Need?
Leo Tolstoy
Russia
Story
1887
A Lodging for the Night
Scotland
Story
1888
The Nightingale and the Rose
Oscar Wilde
England
Story
 
A Legend of Old Egypt
Bolesław Prus
Poland
Story
1889
The Bet
Anton Chekhov
Russia
Story
 
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Ambrose Bierce
USA
Story
1892
England
Story
 
Ward Number Six
Anton Chekhov
Russia
Story
 
The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
USA
Story
 
The Real Thing
Henry James
USA
Story
1894
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Rudyard Kipling
England
Story
 
The Story of an Hour
Kate Chopin
USA
Story
1895
The Altar of the Dead
Henry James
USA
Story
1896
The Reporter Who Made Himself King
Richard Harding Davis
USA
Story
1897
The Fortune-Teller
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
Brazil
Story
 
The Clown
Germany
Story
1898
Poland
Story
1899
The Darling
Anton Chekhov
Russia
Story
 
The Lady with the Dog
Anton Chekhov
Russia
Story
 
Twenty-six Men and a Girl
Maxim Gorky
Russia
Story
1902
W.W. Jacobs
England
Story
 
How the Leopard Got His Spots
Rudyard Kipling
England
Story
1904
Eveline
James Joyce
Ireland
Story
 
"They"
Rudyard Kipling
England
Story
 
The Country of the Blind
H.G. Wells
England
Story
 
The White People
Arthur Machen
Wales
Story
1905
Paul's Case
USA
Story
1906
The Gift of the Magi
O. Henry
USA
Story
1907
Algrnon Blackwood
England
Story
1908
To Build a Fire
Jack London
USA
Story
 
The Blue Cross
England
Story
 
The Secret Sharer
Poland
Story
 
The Ransom of Red Chief
O. Henry
USA
Story
1911
Casting the Runes
M.R. James
Canada
Story
1914
The Prussian Officer
D.H. Lawrence
England
Story
 
Ireland
Story
 
Ireland
Story
 
Ireland
Story
1916
Enoch Soames
Max Beerbohm
England
Story
1918
A Madman's Diary
China
Story
1919
In the Penal Colony
Franz Kafka
Czech.
Story
 
Kew Gardens
England
Story
 
The Fourth Man
John Russell
USA
Story
1920
Prelude
New Zealand
Story
 
Sherwood Anderson
USA
Story
 
Bernice Bobs Her Hair
USA
Story
1921
Rain
W. Somerset Maugham
England
Story
 
A Haunted House
England
Story
1922
A Hunger Artist
Franz Kafka
Czech.
Story
 
In a Grove
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Japan
Story
 
New Zealand
Story
 
The Fly
New Zealand
Story
 
New Zealand
Story
 
I'm a Fool
Sherwood Anderson
USA
Story
1924
The Most Dangerous Game
Richard Connell
USA
Story
 
The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket
Yasunari Kawabata
Japan
Story
1926
The Rocking-Horse Winner
D.H. Lawrence
England
Story
1927
USA
Story
 
Hills Like White Elephants
USA
Story
1929
The End of the Party
Graham Greene
England
Story
 
Big Blonde
Dorothy Parker
USA
Story
 
Theft
Katherine Anne Porter
USA
Story
1930
A Rose for Emily
William Faulkner
USA
Story
1931
That Evening Sun
William Faulkner
USA
Story
 
Babylon Revisited
USA
Story
1932
The Baby in the Icebox
USA
Story
1933
The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown
Damon Runyan
USA
Story
 
The Gift
USA
Story
1934
A Martian Odyssey
Stanley G. Weinbaum
USA
Story
1936
Canada
Story
 
Canada
Story
1937
Call Me Joe
Poul Anderson
USA
Story
 
In Dreams Begin Responsibilities
Delmore Schwartz
USA
Story
1938
Leiningen Versus the Ants
Carl Stephenson
Germany
Story
 
The Use of Force
William Carlos Williams
USA
Story
1939
The Door
E.B. White
USA
Story
1940
USA
Story
1941
The Garden of Forking Paths
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina
Story
 
The Library of Babel
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina
Story
 
USA
Story
 
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
James Thurber
USA
Story
1945
The Aleph
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina
Story
1947
The Enormous Radio
John Cheever
United States
Story
1948
Signs and Symbols
Vladimir Nabokov
Russia
Story
 
Mars is Heaven!
Ray Bradbury
USA
Story
 
The Lottery
Shirley Jackson
USA
Story
1950
The Veldt
Ray Bradbury
USA
Story
 
For Esmé—With Love and Squalor
USA
Story
1951
Canada
Story
1952
The Birds
Daphne du Maurier
England
Story
 
A Sound of Thunder
Ray Bradbury
USA
Story
 
Theft
Katherine Anne Porter
USA
Story
1953
The South
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina
Story
 
The Nine Billion Names of God
Arthur C. Clarke
England
Story
 
Three-Ten to Yuma
Elmore Leonard
USA
Story
 
Man Fom the South
Roald Dahl
Wales
Story
1955
A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Colombia
Story
 
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Flannery O'Connor
USA
Story
1956
A Christmas Memory
Truman Capote
USA
Story
1959
The Sacrifical Egg
Chinua Achebe
Nigeria
Story
 
The Soldier's Peaches
Stuart Cloete
South Africa
Story
 
Defender of the Faith
Philip Roth
USA
Story
1960
Borges and I
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentinia
Story
1961
I Stand Here Ironing
Tillie Olsen
USA
Story
 
A&P
John Updike
USA
Story
 
Harrison Bergeron
Kurt Vonnegut
USA
Story
1962
Yentl the Yeshiva Boy
Isaac Bashevis Singer
USA
Story
1963
Gogol's Wife
Tomasso Landolfi
Italy
Story
1964
The Swimmer
John Cheever
USA
Story
1965
The Lame Shall Enter First
Flannery O'Connor
USA
Story
1966
We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
USA
Story
 
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
Joyce Carol Oates
USA
Story
1968
Boys and Girls
Alice Munro
Canada
Story
 
Lost in the Funhouse
John Barth
USA
Story
1969
Super-Toys Last All Summer Long
Brian W. Aldiss
England
Story
1974
How I Met My Husband
Alice Munro
Canada
Story
1977
The Beggar Maid
Alice Munro
Canada
Story
1979
The Hockey Sweater
Roch Carrier
Canada
Story
1983
Cathedral
Raymond Carver
United States
Story
1987
The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien
United States
Story
1990
Meneseteung
Alice Munro
Canada
Story
1991
The Happy Man
Jonathan Lethem
USA
Story
1993
The Second Bakery Attack
Haruki Murakami
Japan
Story
1997–1999
Brokeback Mountain
Annie Proulx
USA
Story
1999
Hearts in Atlantis
Stephen King
USA
Story
 
Interpreter of Maladies
Jhumpa Lahiri
USA
Story
2000
The Story
Amy Bloom
USA
Story
 
Pastoralia
George Saunders
USA
Story

 
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The Literature of Ancient Egypt
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Rip Van Winkle
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue: The Dupin Tales
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The Complete Holmes
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