A top ten list? That’s a lot of novellas. Also, what’s a novella? I’d say, in no order … The Aspern Papers
, by H. James, Death in Venice
, by T. Mann, Chekhov certainly (Lady with a Lapdog
), Jesus’ Son
is a kind of novella, as is The White Album
(non-fiction novella) and there’s always Billy Budd, and I’m trying to think of something modern. Stanley Elkin and Samuel Beckett (some of the early stories like First Love
) and The Dead
by Joyce, that’s about ten. And John Berger, Pig Earth
or Once in Europa
, they’re short enough, and that’s it.
John Haskell is the author of the novel American Purgatorio and the short story collection I Am Not Jackson Pollock (both from FSG). He is a contributor to the radio programs The Next Big Thing and Studio 360. His forthcoming novel is Out of My Skin. Find him HERE.