1. The Emergence and Development of the American Short Story

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director1 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow2
  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch1

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Bendixen, A. (2010) The Emergence and Development of the American Short Story, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 2

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. Texas A&M University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910

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Keywords:

  • the nineteenth century;
  • emergence and development of American Short Story;
  • The short story - an American invention and an important literary genre in the United States;
  • storytelling, oldest human activities and oral narratives - fairy tales and folk tale role in cultures;
  • Franklin's comic pieces, “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker” as proto–short stories;
  • Washington Irving's short story - The Sketch Book, rich in scenery and locale, and memorable characters;
  • The Sketch Book, giving American culture - first literary best-seller, a critical and commercial success;
  • the masterpieces, “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”;
  • Irving, first in bringing - American landscape to life in works of fiction;
  • Irving's graceful style - fundamental questions about meaning of American democracy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading