Great writers are those seen as creating stories that meaningfully and beautifully reveal something important about the human condition. Approaching such stories with close reading allows us to see and understand more of what makes for their place in the pantheon of esteemed writers and realize what we can learn from them. This class focuses on modern writers whose works have “stood the test of time,” are worthy of our reading pleasure and analysis, and contribute to discovering the nature of the short story. Each class will cover one long story or two shorter ones by a single author, with the assigned readings to be emailed as PDFs in advance. The first session will discuss Katherine Mansfield with subsequent classes choosing from among William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, Nadine Gordimer, Wallace Stegner, Andre Dubus III, Willa Cather and Ray Bradbury.