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A Companion to the American Short Story (Blackwell by Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

By Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

A significant other to the yank brief tale lines the advance of this flexible literary style over the last two hundred years.Sets the quick tale in context, taking note of the interplay of cultural forces and aesthetic principlesContributes to the continued redefinition of the yank canon, with shut cognizance to the achievements of girls writers in addition to such vital genres because the ghost tale and detective fictionEmbraces various traditions together with African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and local brief tale writingIncludes a bit keen on particular authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike

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References and Further Reading Allen, Michael. Poe and the British Magazine Tradition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1969. Bailey, J. O.

Once he left West Point in 1831 and traveled south to reside in Baltimore with his Grandmother Poe and her family, the young writer must have undertaken what in today’s academic world would amount to an independent study course in the writing of short stories. The preceding comments by Spiller and Jones suggest that Poe looked to well-established models when he ventured to write short fiction. Like many other American writers in his day, Poe was an attentive reader of such great British literary periodicals as the London Magazine, Fraser’s, the Edinburgh Review, the Quarterly Review, the Metropolitan Magazine, and the New Monthly Magazine.

The Signora Psyche Zenobia, in “How to Write a Blackwood Article,” is advised: “Sensations are the great things after all” (CW 2. 340), and that precept serves as a succinct definition for Poe’s method of literary symbolism. Although “Metzengerstein” may seem to be little more than an assembly of trite Gothic elements, a somewhat different outreach characterizes the other four tales published in the Saturday Courier. “Loss of Breath,” “Bon-Bon,” and “The Duc De L’Omelette” contain features that could be commonplaces in terror tales of the day.

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