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By Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

ISBN-10: 1405115432

ISBN-13: 9781405115438

A better half to the yankee brief tale strains the improvement of this flexible literary style over the last 2 hundred years.Sets the quick tale in context, being attentive to the interplay of cultural forces and aesthetic principlesContributes to the continued redefinition of the yank canon, with shut cognizance to the achievements of ladies writers in addition to such very important genres because the ghost tale and detective fictionEmbraces various traditions together with African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and local brief tale writingIncludes a piece all in favour of particular authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike

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So his theories of poetry and fiction were almost indistinguishable. , symbolic art) in the former. , “The Fall of the House of Usher” or “The Masque of the Red Death,” embody more subtle allegorical features. As for his tales of terror in general, he responded to critics who objected to this type of fiction in the “Preface” to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque: “If in many of my productions terror has been the thesis, I maintain that terror is not of Germany but of the soul, – that I have deduced this terror only from its legitimate sources, and urged it only to its legitimate results” (CW 2.


Clarence Gohdes repeatedly stated to his students that what the rest of the literate world in the nineteenth century perceived as American writers’ chief contributions to literature were in genre, the short story, and in theme, humor. Poe’s own body of short fiction reveals excellences both in form and in comic substance; therefore, the stories, as well as his pronouncements concerning the genre’s ideal qualities, invite attentive consideration. A point to keep firmly in mind: when Poe contemplated turning author he initially thought exclusively in terms of becoming a poet.

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