"It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and a pencil, trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does." –William Faulkner
Looking for famous short stories? Try these great American classics. Each story includes teaching ideas. Teach "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce, "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry, "The Revolt of Mother" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane, "Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allen Poe, and "The Lady or the Tiger" by Frank Stockton.