Academic journal article Yearbook of English Studies

Preface

Academic journal article Yearbook of English Studies

Preface

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If the proliferation of newspapers and magazines in nineteenth-century America proved a ready market for the ambitious writer of short fictions from Edgar Allan Poe to Stephen Crane, the relative shrinking of opportunities in the story publishing media during the last fifty years of the twentieth century seems to have had no visible impact on the survival of this form. Proof of this may be found in the Short Story Index published annually since 1951, and in another annual publication, The Best American Short Stories, a selection made by many notable writers over the period covered in this issue of the Yearbook, including Robert Penn Warren, Raymond Carver, and Tobias Wolff. Carver once described the short story as 'the bastard stepchild of literature' but its legitimacy has long been established by practice and acceptance, so that the creative anxiety of Katherine Mansfield in the early years of the twentieth century in having to confess that she wrote 'only short stories; just short stories' now seems needlessly apologetic. …

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