Three Full-Text Tales for Short Story Month

I’m not feeling at my blogging best. First I mis-scheduled yesterday’s “Monday Markets/Jobs/Opportunities” post (it posted on Sunday). And right now I’m trying to type with very dilated pupils (good news: no eye infection; bad news: no contact lenses for a week to 10 days–oh, vanity!).

So I thought I’d cheer myself up with a small (very small) contribution to the ongoing efforts to celebrate May as Short Story Month. I thought I’d point you to online versions of three stories that I seem unable to read too many times. Every time I read them, I seem to discover something new, and I marvel over the skills of the writers involved.

In alphabetical order by author, the stories are:

–Anton Chekhov’s “Lady with the Dog” (also translated as “The Lady with the Lapdog,” “The Lady with the Little Dog,” etc.)

–Lorrie Moore’s “People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babblings in Peed Onk.” (scroll past the document’s “introduction” to get to Moore’s story)

–Joyce Carol Oates’s “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”

Which stories do you read over and over again? Please share, in comments. (And if you can include links to full-text versions online, so much the better!)

5 thoughts on “Three Full-Text Tales for Short Story Month

  1. david says:

    words that appear so good inspiration for me to learn to write

  2. Kelly Luce says:

    i collected some of my favorites, all available online, on my blog last year. this is a great occasion to re-post them!

  3. Erika D. says:

    Thanks for the comments. And that’s a great list, Kelly. (“The Lottery” runs a close fourth here!)

  4. C Riede says:

    Favorites of mine include:

    “Gooseberries” by Anton Chekhov (

    “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver

    “Enoch and the Gorilla” by Flannery O’Connor

  5. Erika D. says:

    Thanks for sharing those, C Riede.

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