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Morphologies : Short Story Writers on Short Story Writers, Paperback / softback Book

Morphologies : Short Story Writers on Short Story Writers Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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What makes for a good short story? Being short, you might think the storys structure would yield an answer to this question more readily than, say, the novel.

But for as long as the short story has been around, arguments have raged as to what it should and shouldnt be made up of, what it should and shouldnt do.

Here,15 leading contemporary practitioners offer structural appreciations of past masters of the form as well as their own perspectives on what the short story does so well. The best short stories dont have closure, argues one contributor, because life doesnt have closure; plot must be written with the denouement constantly in view, quotes another.

Covering a century of writing that arguably saw all the major short forms emerge, from Hawthornes Twice Told Tales to Kafkas modernist nightmares, these essays offer new and unique inroads into classic texts, both for the literature student and aspiring writer.

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