(CLASSIC: from The Complete Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, Modern Library)
My all-time favourite classic short story is ‘The Bottle Imp’ by Robert Louis Stevenson – superb in form and character and wonderfully exciting and somehow new on every reading. ‘The Strange Tale of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’ comes a close second.
(MODERN: from Eleven, Bloomsbury)
Anything by Patricia Highsmith who, for me, is one of the best ever short story writers. I would single out ‘The Snail Watcher.’
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