Short-Short Fiction Representative Works - Essay

Representative Works

(Short Story Criticism)

Anthologies
Short Shorts: An Anthology of the Shortest Short Stories (edited by Irving Howe and Ilana Wiener Howe) 1982
Sudden Fiction: American Short-Short Stories (edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas) 1986
Four Minute Fictions (edited by Robley Wilson Jr.) 1987
Sudden Fiction International (edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas) 1989
Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories (edited by James Thomas, Denise Thomas, and Tom Hazurka) 1992
Micro Fiction: An Anthology of Really Short Stories (edited by Jerome Sterns) 1996
75 Short Masterpieces (edited by Roger B. Goodman) 1996
Sudden Fiction (Continued): 60 New Short-Short Stories (edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas) 1996

Sholem Aleichem
“A Wedding Without Musicians” (short story) 1949

Ray Bradbury
“I See You Never” (short story) 1947

Raymond Carver
“Popular Mechanics” (short story) 1974
“Little Things” (short story) 1986

Anton Chekhov
“The Death of a Clerk” (short story) 1883
“Vanka” (short story) 1886
“The Student” (short story) 1894

Stephen Crane
“An Episode of War” (short story) 1902

Lydia Davis
The Thirteenth Woman and Other Stories (short stories) 1976
Sketches for a Life of Wassilly (short stories) 1981
Story and Other Stories (short stories) 1983
Break it Down (short stories) 1986
Almost No Memory (short stories) 1998

Stuart Dybek
“Sunday at the Zoo” (short story) 1975
“Death of the Right Fielder” (short story) 1990

Ernest Hemingway
“A Very Short Story” (short story) 1924
“A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” (short story) 1933

Shirley Jackson
“Charles” (short story) 1948

James Joyce
“Eveline” (short story) 1914

Franz Kafka
“The Sudden Walk” (short story) 1912
“The Bridge” (short story) 1913
“First Sorrow” (short story) 1922

Yasunari Kawabata
Palm-of-the-Hand Stories (short stories) 1988

Bernard Malamud
“A Lost Grave” (short story) 1985

Katherine Mansfield
“Germans at Meat” (short story) 1926

Yukio Mishima
“Swaddling Clothes” (short story) 1953

O. Henry
“The Exact Science of Matrimony” (short story) 1907

Joyce Carol Oates
“Good to Know You” (short story) 1996
“Death Astride Bicycle” (short story) 1998

István Örkény
Ezüstpisztráng (short stories) 1956
Minimythes (short stories) 1970

Dorothy Parker
“The Standard of Living” (short story) 1941

Petronius
“The Widow of Ephesus” (short story) c. 66

Horacio Quiroga
“Three Letters … and a Footnote” (short story) 1947

Leo Tolstoy
“The Repentant Sinners” (short story) 1886
“Three Hermits” (short story) 1886
“Alyosha the Pot” (short story) 1905