The American South has produced an incredible amount of great literature. Earlier this month, we published a hearty list of classic novels to come out of the region. But for those who don’t have the hours to devote to Southern culture’s long-form masterpieces, there’s plenty of great short fiction set south of the Mason-Dixon, too. Featuring some famous tales by literary greats like William Faulkner, Mark Twain, and Flannery O’Connor, this list is a great way to start exploring Southern short fiction. Be sure to suggest your own favorite short stories in the comments!
“Barn Burning,” William Faulkner
First published in Harper‘s in 1939, this story, a prequel to the Scopes trilogy, is widely anthologized and studied across the globe. Like many of Faulkner’s stories and novels, it focuses on class conflicts and the relationships between fathers and sons in the pre-WWI South.