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Short Story - Collections
Achebe, Chinua. Girls at War
Alexie, Sherman. The Toughest Indian in the World
Anderson, Sherwood. Winesburg, Ohio
Atwood, Margaret. Wilderness Tips
Bambara, Toni Cade. Gorilla, My Love
Barthelme, Donald. Sixty Stories
Bass, Rick. The Watch
Baxter, Charles. Through the Safety Net
Bloom, Amy. A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You
Bolano, Roberto. Last Evenings on Earth
Borges, Jorge Luis. Collected Fictions
Boyle, T.C.. T.C. Boyle Stories
Budnitz, Judy. Flying Leap
Butler, Robert Olen. A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Canin, Ethan. The Palace Thief
Carver, Raymond. Where I'm Calling From
Cheever, John. The Stories of John Cheever
Chekhov, Anton. The Essential Tales of Chekhov
Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street
Coover, Robert. A Night at the Movies
D'Ambrosio, Charles. The Point
Danticat, Edwidge. Krik? Krak!
Davis, Lydia. Almost No Memory
Diaz, Junot. Drown
Dubus, Andre. Selected Stories
Dybek, Stuart. The Coast of Chicago
Eisenberg, Deborah. Twilight of the Superheroes
Englander, Nathan. For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ford, Richard. Rock Springs
Gaitskill, Mary. Bad Behavior
Gass, William. In the Heart of the Heart of the Country
Gilchrist, Ellen. Victory Over Japan
Hannah, Barry. Airships
Haslett, Adam. You Are Not a Stranger Here
Hemingway, Ernest. In Our Time
Hemingway, Ernest. The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
Hempel, Amy. Reasons To Live
Homes, A.M.. The Safety of Objects
Houston, Pam. Cowboys Are My Weakness
Iagnemma, Karl. On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction
Isaac, Babel. The Collected Stories
Isherwood, Christopher. Berlin Stories
James, Baldwin. Going to Meet the Man
Johnson, Denis. Jesus' Son
Jones, Thom. The Pugilist at Rest
Joyce, James. Dubliners
Lahiri, Jhumpa. Interpreter of Maladies
Lawrence, D. H.. The Prussian Officer
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Strange Pilgrims
Maupassant, Guy de. The Necklace
Moore, Lorrie. Birds of America
Moore, Lorrie. Self-Help
Mukherjee, Bharati. The Middleman
Munro, Alice. Open Secrets
Munro, Alice. Selected Stories
Munro, Alice. The Beggar Maid
Murakami, Haruku. The Elephant Vanishes
Nelson, Antonya. The Expendables
O'Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried
O'Connor, Flannery. A Good Man is Hard to Find
O'Connor, Flannery. The Complete Stories
Packer, ZZ. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Paley, Grace. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute
Proulx, Annie. Close Range
Salinger, J.D.. Franny and Zooey
Salinger, J.D.. Nine Stories
Saunders, George. Pastoralia
Singer, Isaac Bashevis. Crown of Feathers
Trevor, William. Collected Stories
Twain, Mark. The Portable Mark Twain
Wallace, David Foster. Girl With Curious Hair
Welty, Eudora. A Curtain of Green and Other Stories
Wolff, Tobias. In the Garden of the North American Martyrs
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Short Story - Anthologies
12 Short Stories and Their Making
American Short Story Masterpieces
Anchor Book of New American Short Stories
Best American Short Stories
Best American Short Stories of the Century
Best New American Voices
Fiction Gallery
Granta Book of the American Long Story
Granta Book of the American Short Story
McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales
Norton Anthology of Short Fiction
O. Henry Prize Stories
Points of View
Pushcart Prize
Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction
Sudden Fiction
The Story and Its Writer
Vintage Book of Contemporary Short Stories
You've Got to Read This
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Novels & Novellas, Contemporary
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
Amis, Martin. Money
Atwood, Margaret. Cat's Eye
Atwood, Margaret. The Blind Assasin
Auster, Paul. The New York Trilogy
Baker, Nicholson. The Mezzanine
Ballard, J. G.. Super-Cannes
Banks, Russell. The Sweet Hereafter
Benioff, David. The 25th Hour
Bolano, Roberto. The Savage Detectives
Boyle, T.C.. Drop City
Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle
Burgess, Anthony. Clockwork Orange
Busch, Frederick. Girls
Byatt, A.S.. Possession
Chabon, Michael. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Coelho, Paul. The Alchemist
Coetzee, J. M.. Disgrace
Connell, Evan. Mrs. Bridge
Conroy, Pat. Prince of Tides
Cunningham, Michael. The Hours
DeLillo, Don. Underworld
DeLillo, Don. White Noise
Dexter, Pete. Paris Trout
Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao
Dickey, James. Deliverance
Didion, Joan. Play It As It Lays
Doctorow, E.L.. Ragtime
Dubus III, Andre. House of Sand and Fog
Egan, Jennifer. A Visit From the Goon Squad
Ellis, Bret Easton. American Psycho
Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine
Eugenides, Jeffrey. Middlesex
Eugenides, Jeffrey. The Virgin Suicides
Fielding, Helen. Bridget Jones's Diary
Finney, Jack. Time and Again
Fitch, Janet. White Oleander
Fitzgerald, Penelope. Blue Flower
Foer, Jonathan Saffran. Everything Is Illuminated
Ford, Richard. Independence Day
Fowles, John. The French Lieutenant's Woman
Franzen, Jonathan. Freedom
Franzen, Jonathan. The Corrections
Frazier, Charles. Cold Mountain
Glass, Julia. Three Junes
Golden, Arthur. Memoirs of a Geisha
Grass, Gunter. The Tin Drum
Greer, Andrew Sean. The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Guterson, David. Snow Falling on Cedars
Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Hamsun, Knut. Hunger
Hannah, Barry. Ray
Harrison, Jim. Legends of the Fall
Hegi, Ursula. Floating in My Mother's Palm
Heller, Joseph. Catch-22
Helprin, Mark. The Winter's Tale
Hornby, Nick. High Fidelity
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner
Irving, John. A Prayer For Owen Meany
Irving, John. The World According to Garp
Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go
Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day
Jin, Ha. Waiting
Jones, Edward P.. The Known World
Kennedy, William. Ironweed
Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John
King, Stephen. Carrie
King, Stephen. Different Seasons
King, Stephen. The Shining
King, Stephen. The Stand
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible
Knowles, John. A Separate Peace
Kosinski, Jerzy. Being There
Kundera, Milan. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Lamb, Wally. She's Come Undone
Lethem, Jonathan. Motherless Brooklyn
MacLean, Norman. A River Runs Through It
Mantel, Hilary. Wolf Hall
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Love in the Time of Cholera
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Marshall, Paule. Brown Girl, Brownstones
Martel, Yann. Life of Pi
McCann, Colum. Let the Great World Spin
McCarthy, Cormac. All the Pretty Horses
McCarthy, Cormac. Blood Meridian
McCarthy, Cormac. The Road
McEwan, Ian. Atonement
McInerney, Jay. Bright Lights, Big City
McMurtry, Larry. Lonesome Dove
Mishima, Yukio. Spring Snow
Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas
Moody, Rick. The Ice Storm
Moore, Lorrie. Gate at the Stairs
Morrison, Toni. Beloved
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye
Morrison, Toni. The Song of Solomon
Murakami, Haruku. Kafka on the Shore
Murakami, Haruku. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
Naipaul, V.S.. A Bend in the River
Naylor, Gloria. The Women of Brewster Place
Niffenegger, Audrey. The Time Traveler's Wife
O'Brien, Patrick. Aubrey-Maturin series
O'Brien, Tim. Going After Cacciato
O'Brien, Edna. The Country Girls
O'Neill, Joseph. Netherland
O'Toole, John Kennedy. A Confederacy of Dunces
Oates, Joyce Carol. We Were the Mulvaneys
Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient
Palahniuk, Chuck. Fight Club
Pamuk, Orhan. My Name is Red
Pamuk, Orhan. Snow
Patchett, Ann. Bel Canto
Perotta, Tom. Little Children
Pessl, Marisha. Special Topics in Calamity Physics
Picoult, Jodi. My Sister's Keeper
Potok, Chaim. The Chosen
Price, Richard. Clockers
Proulx, Annie. The Shipping News
Pynchon, Thomas. Gravity's Rainbow
Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49
Rhys, Jean. The Wide Sargasso Sea
Robbins, Tom. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
Robinson, Marilynne. Gilead
Robinson, Marilynne. Housekeeping
Roth, Philip. American Pastoral
Roth, Philip. Goodbye Columbus
Roth, Philip. Portnoy's Complaint
Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things
Rushdie, Salmon. Midnight's Children
Russo, Richard. Empire Falls
Salter, James. Light Years
Sebald, W.G.. Austerlitz
Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones
Selby, Jr., Hubert. Last Exit to Brooklyn
Smiley, Jane. A Thousand Acres
Smith, Zadie. White Teeth
Sontag, Susan. The Volcano Lover
Spark, Muriel. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Straight, Susan. Highwire Moon
Strout, Elizabeth. Olive Kitteridge
Styron, William. Sophie's Choice
Suskind, Patrick. Perfume
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club
Theroux, Paul. The Mosquito Coast
Tyler, Anne. The Accidental Tourist
Updike, John. Rabbit novels
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple
Wallace, David Foster. Infinite Jest
Whitehead, Colson. Sag Harbor
Winterson, Jeannette. The Passion
Wolfe, Tom. The Bonfire of the Vanities
Yates, Richard. Revolutionary Road
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Novels & Novellas, Early/Mid 20th Century
Algren, Nelson. The Man With the Golden Arm
Amis, Kingsley. Lucky Jim
Bellow, Saul. Henderson, the Rain King
Bellow, Saul. Herzog
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March
Bowles, Paul. The Sheltering Sky
Buck, Pearl. The Good Earth
Burroughs, Williams S. Naked Lunch
Cain, James. The Postman Always Rings Twice
Camus, Albert. The Stranger
Capote, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's
Cather, Willa. My Antonia
Chandler, Raymond. The Big Sleep
Dos Passos, John. The 42nd Parallel
Dreiser, Theodore. An American Tragedy
Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie
Duras, Marguerite. The Lover
Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man
Faulkner, William. Absalom! Absalom!
Faulkner, William. As I Lay Dying
Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. Tender is the Night
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby
Ford, Ford Maddox. The Good Soldier
Forster, E.M.. A Passage to India
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies
Graves, Robert. I Claudius
Greene, Graham. Brighton Rock
Greene, Graham. The End of the Affair
Greene, Graham. The Heart of the Matter
Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon
Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls
Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea
Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises
Hilton, James. Lost Horizon
Hughes, Richard. A High Wind in Jamaica
Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World
Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Joyce, James. Ulysses
Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis
Kafka, Franz. The Trial
Kazantzakis,, Nikos. Zorba the Greek
Kerouac, Jack. On the Road
Lawrence, D.H.. Sons and Lovers
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird
Lessing, Doris. The Golden Notebook
Lewis, Sinclair. Main Street
London, Jack. The Call of the Wild
Lowry, Malcolm. Under the Volcano
Mailer, Norman. The Naked and the Dead
Maughm, Somerset. Of Human Bondage
Maxwell, William. So Long, See You Tomorrow
McCullers, Carson. The Ballad of the Sad Café
McCullers, Carson. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Miller, Henry. Tropic of Cancer
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With the Wind
Nabokov, Vladimir. Lolita
Nabokov, Vladimir. Pale Fire
O'Hara, John. Appointment in Samarra
Orwell, George. 1984
Orwell, George. Animal Farm
Percy, Walker. The Moviegoer
Rand, Ayn. Atlas Shrugged
Rand, Ayn. The Fountainhead
Robert, Graves. I, Claudius
Salinger, J.D.. The Catcher in the Rye
Schulberg, Bud. What Makes Sammy Run?
Shute, Neville. On the Beach
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle
Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Stein, Gertrude. Three Lives
Steinbeck, John. East of Eden
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Tolkien, J.R.R.. The Lord of the Rings
Warren, Robert Penn. All the King's Men
Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited
West, Nathanael. Miss Lonelyhearts
Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome
Wharton, Edith. House of Mirth
Wilder, Thorton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Wolfe, Thomas. Look Homeward Angel
Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway
Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse
Wouk, Herman. Marjorie Morningstar
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Novels & Novellas, 17th-19th Century
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility
Balzac, Honore de. Old Goriot
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights
Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness
Crane, Stephen. The Red Badge of Courage
Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, Charles. A Christmas Carol
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities
Dickens, Charles. Bleak House
Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations
Dostoyevsky, Feodor. Crime and Punishment
Dostoyevsky, Feodor. The Brothers Karamazov
Dumas, Alexandre. The Count of Monte Christo
Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers
Eliot, George. Middlemarch
Fielding, Henry. The History of Tom Jones
Flaubert, Gustave. Madame Bovary
Gogol, Nikolai. The Overcoat
Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the D'Ubervilles
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The House of Seven Gables
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter
Hugo, Victor. Les Miserables
Hugo, Victor. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
James, Henry. Portrait of a Lady
James, Henry. The Golden Bowl
James, Henry. The Turn of the Screw
Mann, Thomas. The Magic Mountain
Melville, Herman. Billy Budd
Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick
Proust, Marcel. In Search of Lost Time
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein
Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Stoker, Bram. Dracula
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels
Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair
Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina
Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Wells, H. G.. The Time Machine
Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray
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Magazine/Website - General Interest
Atlantic Monthly
New Yorker
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Magazine/Website - Literary
3 am
Alaska Quarterly Review
American Short Fiction
Antioch Review
Bellingham Review
Black Clock
Black Warrior Review
Chicago Review
Electric Literature
Five Points
Florida Review
Georgia Review
Gettysburg Review
Glimmer Train
Gulf Coast
Iowa Review
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Literal Latte
Missouri Review
Nervous Breakdown
New England Review
Ninth Letter
One Story
Oxford American
Paris Review
Prairie Schooner
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Quarterly West
Smokelong Quarterly
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Story Quarterly
The Sun
Third Coast
Threepenny Review
Tin House
Virginia Quarterly Review
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Zoetrope All-Story
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Bloomsbury Review
Book Slut
Maud Newton
Poets & Writers
The Believer
The Millions
The Rumpus
The Writer
Writer's Chronicle
X Links to Lit Blogs
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Creating Ficton
Naming the World
So, Is It Done?
Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction
Forster, E.M.. Aspects of the Novel
Gardner, John. Art of Fiction
Gardner, John. On Becoming a Novelist
Gotham Writers' Workshop. Writing Fiction
King, Stephen. On Writing
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird
O'Connor, Flannery. Mystery and Manners
Wood, James. How Fiction Works
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Agent Query
CLMP Directory of Literary Magazines and Presses
Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses
Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents
Literary Marketplace
Novel and Short Story Writer's Market
Writer's Market
Writers' & Artists' Yearbook
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