14. The Twentieth Century: A Period of Innovation and Continuity

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

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch14

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Nagel, J. (2010) The Twentieth Century: A Period of Innovation and Continuity, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 2

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Georgia, 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 twentieth century;
  • the twentieth century - a period of innovation and continuity;
  • history of the short story in the twentieth century - backdrop of social change and international conflict;
  • “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Ransom of Red Chief ” - anthologized for decades;
  • Frank Norris, better known for his novels than for his short fiction;
  • culmination of naturalistic tradition in fiction - with John Steinbeck and Richard Wright, great novels The Grapes of Wrath and Native Son and stunning stories;
  • Naturalism collapsing by 1940 - under weight of its own assumptions and Realism flourishing;
  • Wharton's best work - decidedly Realistic in method and theme