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  • Extensive entries on writers and their works
  • Nearly 10,000 critical reviews and essays
  • Browse by author, title, or topic
  • Covers all time periods

 

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Each of the nearly 150 volumes in this series profiles approximately three to six writers of short fiction from all time periods and all parts of the world. Entries provide an introductory biographical essay, a primary bibliography, a selection of full-text or excerpted critical essays reproduced from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals, and sources for additional research. A full citation and annotation precede each of the approximately 50 essays per volume; many entries include an author portrait. The series currently covers more than 500 authors with numerous entries focused on individual works and topics. Approximately 95% of critical essays from the print series are reproduced in full in this online version, which combines multiple search and browse options with an engaging format that matches the look and feel of the print originals.

Summary: Each volume of this reference provides an overview and a selection of critical essays on three to six major writers of short fiction, individual short stories, or related topics, reflecting short fiction from all eras and all parts of the world.

Significance: Short Story Criticism is designed to serve as an introduction to major authors, works and topics in the short fiction genre. Introductory essays provide pertinent biographical information, discuss the context, characters and themes of individual stories, or provide overviews of related literary topics.  

A selection of previously published critical materials helps students engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about authors, works and literary topics while developing their own readings of the texts.  Students writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the genre will find this a highly useful resource.

Source: Introductory essays are written and entries compiled by professional literature researchers and other subject-matter experts. Each entry includes a set of previously published reviews, essays and other critical responses from sources that include scholarly books and journals, literary magazines, interviews, letters and diaries, carefully selected to create a representative history and cross-section of critical responses.

Structure: Each entry features:

  • An Introduction explaining the significance of the author, work or topic and reviewing the related critical response across time. Author entries include a brief biography and a discussion and bibliography of major works; entries on individual works include a discussion of major themes as well as a plot summary and review of the textual history as appropriate.
  • Several full text critical essays, reviews or other critical responses, selected to provide a representative sampling of the range of critical responses over time
  • Suggested sources for further reading

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Significant criticism combined with authoritative biographical/bibliographical content create a complete picture of the short-story writers most studied in schools and chosen for general reading.

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