The 299 Greatest Stories of All Time

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BCE
c.1990
Egypt
Story
c.1875
Egypt
Story
CE
c.800–1200
The First Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor
Anonymous
Persian
Story
c.800–1400
The Fisherman and the Jinni
Anonymous
Persia
Story
1348
The Heart of Guillaume de Cabestaing
Giovanni Boccaccio
Italy
Poetry
 
The Story of Patient Griselda
Giovanni Boccaccio
Italy
Poetry
c. 1387–1400
The Knight's Tale
Geoffrey Chaucer
England
Poetry
 
The Wife of Bath's Tale
Geoffrey Chaucer
England
Poetry
1558
The Misadventures of Bornet
Marguerite de Navarre
France
Story
1710
Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp
Antoine Galland
France
Story
 
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
Antoine Galland
France
Story
1805
The Marquise of O...
Heinrich von Kleist
Germany
Story
1807
The Earthquake in Chile
Heinrich von Kleist
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
 
A Passion in the Desert
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
 
Wakefield
Nathaniel Hawthorne
USA
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 Birth-Mark
Nathaniel Hawthorne
USA
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
1848
A Christmas Tree and a Wedding
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Russia
Story
1852
A Terribly Strange Bed
England
Story
 
District Doctor
Ivan Turgenev
Russia
Story
1853
Bartleby the Scrivener
Herman Melville
USA
Story
1868
The Luck of Roaring Camp
Bret Harte
USA
Story
1869
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Bret Harte
USA
Story
1872
The Naughty Saint Vitalis
Gottfried Keller
Switz.
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 Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaler
Gustav Flaubert
France
Story
 
A Lodging for the Night
Scotland
Story
 
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
Mademoiselle Fifi
Guy de Maupassant
France
Story
 
Plautus in the Convent
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
Switz.
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
 
Vanka
Anton Chekhov
Russia
Story
 
How Much Land Does a Man Need?
Leo Tolstoy
Russia
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
 
A Horseman in the Sky
Ambrose Bierce
USA
Story
 
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Ambrose Bierce
USA
Story
 
Our Lady's Juggler
Anatole France
France
Story
 
Ward Number Six
Anton Chekhov
Russia
Story
 
The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
USA
Story
 
The Real Thing
Henry James
USA
Story
1893
The Damned Thing
Ambrose Bierce
USA
Story
1894
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Rudyard Kipling
England
Story
 
Regret
Kate Chopin
USA
Story
 
The Story of an Hour
Kate Chopin
USA
Story
1895
A Farewell
Arthur Schnitzler
Germany
Story
 
The Yellow Sign
Robert W. Chambers
USA
Story
 
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
1900
How Old Timofei Died With a Song
Rainer Maria Rilke
Poland
Story
1901
A Dark Brown Dog
Stephen Crane
USA
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
The Burning of Egliswyle
Frank Wedekind
Germany
Story
 
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
The Other Side of the Hedge
E.M. Forster
England
Story
 
Casting the Runes
M.R. James
England
Story
 
The Odour of Chrysanthemums
D.H. Lawrence
England
Story
 
The Open Window
H.H. Munro
England
Story
 
Sredni Vashtar
H.H. Munro
England
Story
1913
The Judgment
Franz Kafka
Czech.
Story
1914
The Prussian Officer
D.H. Lawrence
England
Story
 
Ireland
Story
 
Ireland
Story
 
Ireland
Story
1915
Rashōmon
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Japan
Story
1916
A.V. Laider
Max Beerbohm
England
Story
 
Enoch Soames
Max Beerbohm
England
Story
1917
The Mark on the Wall
Virginia Woolf
England
Story
 
A Country Doctor
Franz Kafka
Czech.
Story
 
A Jury of Her Peers
Susan Glaspell
USA
Story
1918
A Madman's Diary
China
Story
 
Prelude
New Zealand
Story
1919
In the Penal Colony
Franz Kafka
Czech.
Story
 
Kew Gardens
England
Story
 
Loneliness
Sherwood Anderson
USA
Story
 
The Fourth Man
John Russell
USA
Story
1920
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
 
The Horse Dealer’s Daughter
D.H. Lawrence
England
Story
 
New Zealand
Story
 
The Fly
New Zealand
Story
 
New Zealand
Story
 
I'm a Fool
Sherwood Anderson
USA
Story
1923
Theater
Jean Toomer
USA
Story
1924
The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket
Yasunari Kawabata
Japan
Story
 
Di Grasso
Isaac Babel
Russia
Story
 
The Most Dangerous Game
Richard Connell
USA
Story
 
The Golden Honeymoon
Ring Lardner
USA
Story
 
The Witness for the Prosecution
Agatha Christie
England
Story
 
Haircut
Ring Lardner
USA
Story
1926
The Rocking-Horse Winner
D.H. Lawrence
England
Story
1927
Hills Like White Elephants
USA
Story
 
The Trumpet Sounds
Mary Roberts Rinehart
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
 
A Telephone Call
Dorothy Parker
USA
Story
1931
Guests of the Nation
Frank O'Connor
Ireland
Story
 
Dry September
William Faulkner
USA
Story
 
That Evening Sun
William Faulkner
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
Silent Snow, Secret Snow
Conrad Aiken
USA
Story
 
Twilight
John W. Campbell
USA
Story
 
Wash
William Faulkner
USA
Story
 
A Martian Odyssey
Stanley G. Weinbaum
USA
Story
1936
Canada
Story
 
Spring in Fialta
Vladimir Nabokov
Russia
Story
 
The Graveyard Rats
Henry Kuttner
USA
Story
 
The Leader of the People
USA
Story
 
Big Boy Leaves Home
Richard Wright
USA
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
 
Pigeons From Hell
Robert E. Howard
USA
Story
 
The Use of Force
William Carlos Williams
USA
Story
1939
Barn Burning
William Faulkner
USA
Story
 
The Door
E.B. White
USA
Story
1940
USA
Story
 
The Chaser
John Collier
USA
Story
 
The Roads Must Roll
Robert A. Heinlein
USA
Story
 
It
Theodore Sturgeon
USA
Story
1941
The Garden of Forking Paths
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina
Story
 
The Lottery in Babylon
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina
Story
 
USA
Story
 
Microcosmic God
Theodore Sturgeon
USA
Story
 
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
James Thurber
USA
Story
 
The Hitch-Hikers
Eudora Welty
USA
Story
 
Why I LIve at the P.O.
Eudora Welty
USA
Story
 
A Worn Path
Eudora Welty
USA
Story
1942
The Weapon Shop
A.E. van Vogt
USA
Story
1943
Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper
Robert Bloch
USA
Story
 
Mimsy Were the Borogroves
Lewis Padgett
USA
Story
1944
Beware of the Dog
Roald Dahl
England
Story
 
Arena
Fredric Brown
USA
Story
1945
The Aleph
Jorge Luis Borges
Argentina
Story
 
Green Tea
J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Ireland
Story
 
The Small Assassin
Ray Bradbury
USA
Story
 
First Contact
Murray Leinster
USA
Story
1947
The Enormous Radio
John Cheever
USA
Story
 
Smoke Ghost
Fritz Leiber
USA
Story
1948
Signs and Symbols
Vladimir Nabokov
Russia
Story
 
Mars is Heaven!
USA
Story
 
Miami–New York
Martha Gellhorn
USA
Story
 
That Only a Mother
Judith Merril
USA
Story
 
The Lottery
Shirley Jackson
USA
Story
1950
The Veldt
USA
Story
 
Coming Attraction
Fritz Leiber
USA
Story
 
For Esmé—With Love and Squalor
USA
Story
1951
Canada
Story
 
The Resemblance Between a Violin Case and a Coffin
Tennessee Williams
USA
Story
1952
The Birds
Daphne du Maurier
England
Story
 
Surface Tension
James Blish
USA
Story
 
A Sound of Thunder
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
 
A Good Man Is Hard to Find
Flannery O'Connor
USA
Story
 
Gimpel the Fool
Isaac Bashevis Singer
USA
Story
 
Man Fom the South
Roald Dahl
Wales
Story
1954
The Country Husband
John Cheever
USA
Story
 
The Cold Equations
Tom Godwin
USA
Story
1955
A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Colombia
Story
 
Toba Tek Singh
Sadaat Hasan Manto
Pakistan
Story
1956
A Christmas Memory
Truman Capote
USA
Story
1957
The Guest
Albert Camus
France
Story
 
Sonny's Blues
James Baldwin
USA
Story
1958
The Big Front Yard
Clifford D. Simak
USA
Story
1959
The Sacrificial Egg
Chinua Achebe
Nigeria
Story
 
The Soldier's Peaches
Stuart Cloete
South Africa
Story
 
The Ledge
Lawrence Sargent Hall
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
 
The Moon Moth
Jack Vance
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
 
Rose for Ecclesiastes, A
Roger Zelazny
USA
Story
1964
The Swimmer
John Cheever
USA
Story
1965
The Lame Shall Enter First
Flannery O'Connor
USA
Story
1966
The Saint
V.S. Pritchett
England
Story
 
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
1973
The Whimper of Whipped Dogs
Harlan Ellison
USA
Story
 
Everdyday Use
Alice Walker
USA
Story
1974
How I Met My Husband
Alice Munro
Canada
Story
1975
Roses, Rhododendrons
Alice Adams
USA
Story
1976
Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?
Raymond Carver
USA
Story
1977
The Beggar Maid
Alice Munro
Canada
Story
1978
The Persistence of Vision
John Varley
USA
Story
1979
The Hockey Sweater
Roch Carrier
Canada
Story
 
The Sandkings
George R.R. Martin
USA
Story
1980
The Shawl
Cynthia Ozick
USA
Story
 
Grotto of the Dancing Deer
Clifford D. Simak
USA
Story
1981
Coin of the Realm
Charles L. Grant
USA
Story
 
The Reach
Stephen King
USA
Story
1982
Calling Card
Ramsey Campbell
England
Story
1983
Cathedral
Raymond Carver
USA
Story
1987
The Things They Carried
Tim O'Brien
USA
Story
1989
You're Ugly, Too
Lorrie Moore
USA
Story
1990
Meneseteung
Alice Munro
Canada
Story
1991
The Pugilist at rest
Thom Jones
USA
Story
 
The Happy Man
Jonathan Lethem
USA
Story
1993
The Second Bakery Attack
Haruki Murakami
Japan
Story
1997
Bullet in the Brain
Tobias Wolff
USA
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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