Literature is a large table with many legs, one of which is stories for children and adults . In this article we are going to discover the best short story writers.
As we can see, many of these authors have focused on writing short stories, although a few have opted for a more varied approach making short stories for children , or long stories that could be considered almost as novels. The best writers of short and children’s stories
We present a list with the best and most recognized children’s and adult writers of all time. All of them have worked in other areas of letters and literature, but they are considered the best authors of short stories. 10. Juan Rulfo
We begin our list with one of the greatest writers of Spanish-language literature. Born in 1917 and died in 1986, Juan Rulfo is one of the great representatives of Mexican literature.
Between the works of him they emphasize: The plain in flames. This work is a compilation of short stories (16 in total) that was published in 1953.
Two years later, he published another of what would be his most important and significant works: Pedro Paramo. 9. Ernest Hemingway
Being one of the intellectuals who had the greatest impact in the 20th century, of American origin, this short story writer not only dedicated himself to this area of literature and letters, but also stood out for his work as a journalist.
His numerous works made him one of the most important storytellers in history, earning him a Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for his work entitled: The Old Man and the Sea.
But this is not all. Just one year later, this magnificent writer won the Nobel Prize for Literature as a reward for his complete work. Unfortunately, all this recognition did not prevent the magnificent short story writer from committing suicide at the age of 61. 8.Alice Monroe
This short story writer is one of the few people on this list who has won a Nobel Prize for Literature , won in 2013.
Born in Canada in 1931 (and alive today), she has managed to climb to the top ranked among the best writers of the English language and has a wide selection of stories of the highest quality.
According to her account, her vocation for her stories began when she began to write them at an incredible speed from a very young age, managing to finish two complete compilations of stories and novels at an early age.
She stands out mainly for her short stories that she published every few years in her compilations (2001, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012). 7. Franz Kafka
Almost certainly, Kafka is one of the most famous writers in the world. Many of his works and the images that he managed to convey in his short stories captured the imagination of his readers. Although we cannot say that he is a writer of children’s stories , given the characteristics of his works, it is true that there are adaptations for younger people and children.
Some works such as: The process, The metamorphosis and its collection of short stories will go down in history, although it is evident that they have already done so. 6. Anton Chekhov
This is one of the authors on our listWhat more jobs and functions did he perform throughout his life?
Although what interests us most is his life as a writer and playwright; and especially, as a teacher of short stories, he practiced as a doctor for much of his time.
Of Russian origin, he wrote psychological works such as The Seagull, Uncle Vania or The Three Sisters. All of them under a technique called (by himself) “indirect action”. 5. Julio Cortazar One of the most recognized and important Argentine and Latin American writers . He has a Medicis Etranger Award and a Konex Honor Award.
Without a doubt, he fully deserves his fifth place as one of the best short story writers of all time. Works such as Bestiary, Octahedron and Un tal Lucas, have consecrated him as one of the most outstanding authors of short stories. 4. Margaret Atwood
Atwood has written practically everything; poetry, novels, literature reviews, etc. In addition, she works as a human rights defender at Amnesty International and is a teacher in Canada as well as a politician and activist.
As for the topic that concerns us, it is one of the best for children and not so children. Some of the most important short stories for children have been : For the Birds and Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda.
For a more adult audience, his most notable short stories are: Murder in the Dark, Good Bones, The Tent and his last work in this field called Stone Mattress, from 2014. 3. Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe is for many the number one . Although his work focuses on certain themes such as fiction, detective environments (which served as a guide for Arthur Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes and horror / supernatural tales, his quality and impact are universally acclaimed.
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2. Brothers Grimm
Those known as the Brothers Grimm are actually Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm. Of German origin and living between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, they are today great representatives of the writing of stories and short stories.
Undoubtedly, if they stood out for something, it was for children’s stories and fairy tales as well as for their German Dictionary, although that is another topic.
Tales of childhood and home, German Legends and German Mythology, are some of his most renowned works. Many of them adapted to the big screen and even to video games.
Surely you know: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Tom Thumb, Fearless John…1. Antonio Dal Masetoo
Perhaps not as famous as the Brothers Grimm or Edgar Allan Poe, but with a truly overwhelming literary quality. Of Italian origin and having lived a large part of his life in Argentina, he was one of the most influential writers of the late 20th and early 20th centuries , having died in 2015.
He is the best short story writer for works such as: Lacre, Ni dogs or cats, People of the low and Ladies and Gentlemen.
The style of this short story writer is sober and effective, while he narrates incredible fictional stories touching on such mature themes as immigration, which he experienced in the flesh.
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