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History of the Short Story
Transcript of History of the Short Story
to the Modern Short Story
Early Literary Tradition
The Short Story Develops
as a Literary Form
Modern Short Stories
Which stories are most suitable
for your you?
Why did early human beings tell stories?
Stories from the Oral Tradition
Short Story Writers of the 19th C.
Stories with a
Selecting Suitable Stories
Short History of the Short Story
to explain their beliefs about
the natural and human world
to remember the great deeds
of past kings and heroes
to teach moral principles
as a form of entertainment
(6th C. B.C., Greece)
One Thousand and One Nights
(10th C., Persia)
The Canterbury Tales
(14th C., England)
Sir Thomas Malory
The Death of Arthur
(15th C., England)
Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals
(late 17th C., France)
Grimms' Fairy Tales
(early 19th C., Germany)
Hans Christian Andersen
(19th C., Denmark)
Little Red Riding Hood
Hansel and Gretel
The Emperor's New Clothes
The Little Mermaid
The Ugly Duckling
Edgar Allan Poe
Guy de Maupassant
Robert Louis Stevenson
('slice of life')
fractured fairy tales
(H. H. Munro)
D. H. Lawrence
H. G. Wells
Arthur C. Clarke
G. K. Chesterton
M. R. James
H. P. Lovecraft
W. Somerset Maugham
Edgar Allan Poe
A. J. Jacobs
Edgar Allan Poe was considered the master of this genre in America, however.
able to be read in a single sitting
leaves a powerful impression on the reader
Modern literary experts have modified Poe's definition. Today a short story is a piece of literature that features:
narrow range of action
Short stories should also be under 7,500 words.
The first story ever told was spoken; it was not written down. It was known as the pure myth. From that point forward, people used bits and pieces of what they had heard in creating their own stories.