I completely missed The Guardian’s series “A brief survey of the short story” until today, when I read their piece on Nikolai Gogol. (Ukraine in the house!!!)
The pieces are indeed brief so they don’t go very deep, and sometimes they seems to be more about the authors themselves. It would have perhaps been nice to have an entire story, one that represents many facets of the author’s style, completely deconstructed with a bit of bio, but of course it’s very easy to offer suggestions from this end of things. The series might not tell you too much about writers you’re potentially familiar with, such as Grace Paley and Franz Kafka, but I did learn about writers I’m totally unfamiliar with, such as MR James and Stefan Zweig.