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Which are the greatest short story writers of the nineteenth and twentieth century?
It is such a big issue that, even if I confine it to the nineteenth-century, I will no doubt leave out someone who is not only important but really good. I will, however, go along with this, because I find this type of list infinitely entertaining, even if it is only seen as a place where the debate and the differences of opinion begin.
In order to lay down some basic principles, I will only mention authors whose work I have been reading. Secondly, I call everything short as a novel a "short story", while from a technical point of view there is a difference in length, complexness and what Henry James referred to as "dimensional reason" between a short story of for example 15,000 words and an amendment of 40,000 - 60,000 words.
For the time being, I shall limit myself to writers of the nineteenth centuur. I' m going to attack 20th-century practice. I' ll add a sample of these authors as soon as I've published the listing.
Now let's commend famous short story writers (and demand that they compose a novel)
For years I was a short story author in disavowal. Pretending the writers were all mistaken when they said that short story compilations were not selling, that the Goodreads commentaries were grumpy mob. Most of my boyfriends liked short story! No matter that most of my boyfriends were writers, and when I shared with non-writers that my novel was a short story compilation, they were congratulated, but in their hope that one day I would at last be writing a novel.
Soaking it up one sorry afternoons, I started asking them: ?non or enjoying short story telling, and afterwards it turned out to be too discouraging, I took the web and reading a lot of review and commentary and criticism and eventually understood: A lot of folks don't like short story. There are also many reviewers who often consider short story libraries as a warm-up exercise for the genuine.
See how often an author with one or two short story collection under her waistband is described as a "debut author" when her novel appears: out - and How often is her novel referred to as "her first book"? When you think, sure, sure, sure, sure, the general opinion loathes short story, but they gain many prizes and respects! then you should probably go on and look for "awards for short story collections" there.
This does not mean that collectors cannot and will not be able to collect prizes (one of them won the National Book Award in 2015, for example). Alice Munro won her Nobel Peace Award for the first in over a hundred years and it was the first award to go to someone who was best known for his short story.
There is a good explanation why so many short story writers went to Hollywood to make a livelihood, even in the first half of the last half of the world. In 1969 John Cheever lamented the short stories' short story'underdog status' and called it'something like a bum'. "Although I would say that he was always a better short story author than a fiction author, he wanted to put his name on his work.
Use Kafka?-?he mostly publishes short histories during his life, and yet the incomplete fiction he leaves behind seems to be what he is better known for - in in fact for - in in the same way as "The Metamorphosis", a short story often referred to as a novel or even a short novel. I have seen many great short story writers turning the unavoidable and anticipated short story careers into fiction because they want the awards and applause and also the broader audience/money/glory.
When you don't turn to writing a novel, you run the danger of looking like a little or not ambitious author, or even more so, a one-trick doofus. There are those who really want to compose a novel, and those who are great writers. Some, clearly, do not have their hearts in it, and the ?even-?even If technical ?don - don't have the spirit and the emergency of the short invention they have.
Ever since, the spread of MFA programmes, the web, the growth of new printing machines and a thousand other drivers have created more award-winning short story writers than ever before. Have a look at the many outstanding collection that will be released in recent years, many on the small site ?and look at something like the Wigleaf 50, which every year makes a sample of the best short films.
Also, the explosion of these much slandered MMF programmes has attracted a wider public, though only marginally, than ever before before - writers, which has been educated in short story writers and readers and is willing to appreciate and appreciate the shape as it is. Then why are we asking these writers to become authors of novels?
I am not sure, having talked to many non-authors (including many enthusiastic readers), that the commercial short films will ever be supported by the commercial world. And, of course, major news stories are still dying out and losing their audience and less and less and less features on their pages. So, perhaps short story writers are condemned to stay "writers", and that could be the real issue we need to solve: how can we ensure that short story writers can be free to act without the pressures of switching to another, longer one?
Seaphrasers don't have this ?we do not tell writers to end poetics and already move into short histories. Maybe poetic or even fine arts is where we should look when we think about short story writers. Perhaps we should not be supporting short story as it will never be, but as a essential and necessary artistic genre that we want to uphold.
Perhaps there is more help for short story writers, more prizes, scholarships, scholarships and so on. Perhaps reviewers could write short story compilations in the same way as they did in a novel. Perhaps there could be more funding for a broader circulation of literature journals that release first-class, cutting-edge short films.
Perhaps high school students could be teaching more than the same five short stories so that children could learn to adore the shape early. He is the creator of the short story series May We Shed These Human Bodies and the co-author (with Robert Kloss and the artist Matt Kish) of the novel The Desert Places.