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Nineteenth - Century American Short Stories
Christopher Bigsby

Classification : Short Stories
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2009
Imprint : Everyman Classics
Page Extent : TBC
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9789350092460
Price : 295

About the book
‘There is a distinct limit, as regards length, to all works of literary art – the limit of a single sitting.’ So Edgar Allan Poe set the boundaries for imaginative writing and laid the foundation for the serious contemplation and criticism of a new genre: the American short story. Emerging in the ‘American Renaissance’ of the 1850s from the pens of America’s literary greats – Hawthorne, Melville, Irving, Twain – as well as from the country’s lesser-known writers, these ‘tales’, as Poe called them, reflect the myriad forms of the American experience. The genteel culture of colonial New England, the harsh struggle of pioneers on the open plain and the lawless frontiers of the ‘wild west’ are recorded in startling regional realism, provocative social commentary and incisive psychological study. These stories, which follow the course of American history through the Civil War and the ‘Gilded Age’ to the turn of the century, are a tribute to the burgeoning artistic expression of a vast and varied nation. The most comprehensive paperback edition available, with introduction, selected criticism, and biographical notes on the authors

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Christopher Bigsby is |Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and is Director of the Arthur Miller Centre there.>
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