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This is a concise yet comprehensive treatment of the Americanshort story that includes an historical overview of the topic aswell as discussion of notable American authors and individualstories, from Benjamin Franklin’s “The Speech of MissPolly Baker” in 1747 to “The Joy Luck Club”.

  • Includes a selection of writers chosen not only for theircontributions of individual stories but for bodies of work thatadvanced the boundaries of short fiction, including WashingtonIrving, Sarah Orne Jewett, Stephen Crane, Jamaica Kincaid, and TimO’Brien
  • Addresses the ways in which American oral storytelling andother narrative traditions were integral to the formation andflourishing of the short story genre
  • Written in accessible and engaging prose for students at alllevels by a renowned literary scholar to illuminate an importantgenre that has received short shrift in scholarly literature of thelast century
  • Includes a glossary defining the most common terms used inliterary history and in critical discussions of fiction, and abibliography of works for further study

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The Handbook of the American Short Story is a concise yetcomprehensive treatment of the topic that is designed to illuminatean important literary genre that has been given short scholarlyshrift over the last century.  Written by a renowned literaryscholar in accessible and engaging prose for students at alllevels, it provides an historical overview of the topic, as well asdiscussion of notable American authors and individual stories. Theauthor examines the literary history of the genre from BenjaminFranklin’s “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker” in1747 to Washington Irving’s “Rip Van Winkle” in1819 to “The Joy Luck Club”. He covers the intellectualand historical conditions that contributed to the stories of eachage, the ideas and themes that emerged in the movement, and theartistic means of expression common to the era.  The bookincludes a selection of writers chosen not only for theircontributions of individual stories but for their bodies of workthat advanced the boundaries of short fiction.  The selectedwriters, including Edgar Allen Poe, Sarah Orne Jewett, StephenCrane, Jamaica Kincaid, and Tim O’Brien, represent thechronological flow of the form, both genders, and a variety ofethnicities and nationalities.  The final section of the bookoffers detailed exegesis of 30 great individual stories. With aglossary of important terms and a bibliography for further study,this is a seminal introduction that will expand and challengereaders’ understanding of the American short story.

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James Nagel is the Eidson Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia and a Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth College, USA. He is President of the Society for the Study of the American Short Story and Former President of the International Ernest Hemingway Society.  Early in his career he founded the scholarly journal Studies in American Fiction and the widely influential series Critical Essays on American Literature, which published 156 volumes of scholarship.  Among his twenty-three books are Stephen Crane and Literary Impressionism (1980), Hemingway in Love and War (1989, which was made into a Hollywood film starring Sandra Bullock), The Contemporary American Short-Story Cycle (2001), Anthology of The American Short Story (2007), The Blackwell Companion to the American Short Story (Wiley Blackwell, 2010), and Race and Culture in Stories of New Orleans (2014). He has been a Fulbright Professor as well as a Rockefeller Fellow. He has published some eighty articles in the field and lectured on American literature in fifteen countries.

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