For not leaving this empty, stay with some recommended short stories and poems by Ray Carney: Walt Whitman, Eudora Welty, John Cheever, Stanley Elkin, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, Raymond Carver, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost, D. H. Lawrence, Eudora Welty, Jane Austen. Also the latest short stories by Henry James, such as An International Episode [1][2][3][4][5][6], and William Shakespeare (mostly Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, King Lear, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida and Macbeth). Carney also recommends: Chekhov (mostly Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard and The Three Sisters), Cervantes' Don Quixote, Dante's Divine Comedy, Harold Pinter, Melville's Moby Dick, Hawthorne's Short Stories, Turgenev, Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Proust's Recherche, Faulkner's The Hamlet, Thoreau's Walden, Berlioz's Memoirs. [1][2][3].