The Best American Short Stories of the Century

Are you curious about the medium of short stories but aren’t quite sure where to start? Well, if you don’t mind carrying around a big, doorstop-sized book then this is for you!


Edited by John Updike and released in 1999, The Best American Short Stories of the Century is a perfect introduction to the art of the short story and to some of it’s most prolific writers including Annie Proulx, Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, and John Cheever.

Also, feel free to check out any of the yearly Best American Short Stories releases. Every volume is full of fantastic stories written by an array of talented writers and the introduction by each year’s guest editor is absolutely worth a read.