Novellas and short stories are a delight! Not only for the attention-span-challenged, but also for a change of pace from longer works. Reading a short work is more like making cupcakes–where digging into a hefty novel is more like planning a dinner party for twelve. So treat yourself to a literary cupcake! We have soon be listing some Word by Word Press selections on this page, but in the meantime, here’s a very partial list of great authors long gone and still here who have written short works that test the mind and elevate the spirit!

Animal Farm, George Orwell
Billy Budd, Herman Melville
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote
The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
Seize the Day, Saul Bellow
Heartburn, Nora Ephron
The Aspern Papers, Henry James
Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
Wide Saragasso Sea, Jean Rhys