Short Stories

Short Stories: Study Materials,
Teaching Materials, and Links

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories - cover - 75 x 111

The materials below are intended to introduce students to a wide variety of short stories and help them learn how to process style and meaning. For readers looking for a good anthology of short stories, I recommend The Oxford Book of American Short Stories. For younger readers, Read All About It! is a good choice. The Story and Its Writer, which has been through many editions over the years, was used in a college course I took and introduced me to a number of my favorite short stories.

Featured authors (click to jump down the page):

Bradbury, Ray Dubus, Andre Hughes, Langston Joyce, James
Sleator, William Tan, Amy

Bradbury, Ray

Very Best of Fantasy and Science Fiction Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology - cover - 75 x 111

“All Summer in a Day” (included in The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction Sixtieth Anniversary Anthology)

Dubus, Andre

Selected Stories - Andre Dubus - cover - 75 x 116

“The Curse” (included in Selected Stories)

Hughes, Langston

Read All About It - Jim Trelease - cover - 75 x 115

“Thank You, Ma’am” (included in Read All About It!)

Joyce, James

Dubliners (Viking Critical Library) - cover - 75 x 117

“Clay” (from Dubliners)

Sleator, William

Read All About It - Jim Trelease - cover - 75 x 115

“The Elevator” (included in Read All About It!)

Tan, Amy

The Joy Luck Club - cover - 75 x 114

“Two Kinds” (an excerpt from Amy Tan’s popular novel The Joy Luck Club)

* Sorry, this document is not yet available—Eventually I plan to write out answers for all of my study questions, excerpts, quote ID quizzes, and similar materials, but because of the many other demands on my time, this process is quite slow. Feel free to e-mail me if there is a specific one you would like me to put up on the site, and I’ll do my best to finish it quickly.

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