Peter Selgin’s Top Ten (Plus Two) Favorite Novellas

1. Seize the Day, by Saul Bellow

2. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad

3. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

4. Devil in the Flesh, by Raymond Radiguet

5. The Nickel Misery of George Washington Carver Brown, by Ivan Gold

6. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, by Muriel Spark

7. My Friends, by Emmanuel Bove

8. By the Steps of Grand Central I Sat Down and Wept, by Elizabeth Smart

9. The Dead, by James Joyce

10. The Stranger, by Albert Camus

Special Mention:

Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America and In Watermelon Sugar

Peter Selgin has written Drowning Lessons, By Cunning & Craft: Sound Advice and Practical Wisdom for Fiction Writers, and Life Goes to the Movies. His stories and essays have appeared in over 50 publications, as well as in the anthologies Our Roots Are Deep With Passion (Other Books, 2006), Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2003), and Best American Essays 2006. He edits the journal Alimentum: The Literature of Food. Visit him HERE.

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