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What makes for a good short story?
Being short, you might think the story's structure would yield an answer to this question more readily than, say, the novel. But for as long as the short story has been around, arguments have raged as to what it should and shouldn't be made up of, what it should and shouldn't do. Here ,15 leading contemporary practitioners offer structural appreciations of past masters of the form as well as their own perspectives on what the short story does so well.
The best short stories don't have closure, argues one contributor, 'because life doesn't have closure'; 'plot must be written with the denouement constantly in view,' quotes another. Covering a century of writing that arguably saw all the major short forms emerge, from Hawthorne's 'Twice Told Tales' to Kafka's modernist nightmares, these essays offer new and unique inroads into classic texts, both for the literature student and aspiring writer.


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December 2012 : UK Paperback

Title: Morphologies: Short Story Writers on Short Story Writers
Author(s): Ali Smith, Toby Litt, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Stuart Evers, A S Byatt, Ramsey Campbell, David Constantine, Alison MacLeod, Jane Rogers, Adam Roberts, Stephen Baxter, Brian Aldiss, Martin Edwards, Sara Maitland, Simon
ISBN: 1-905583-48-6 / 978-1-905583-48-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Comma Press
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January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Morphologies
Author(s): Frank Cottrell Boyce
Publisher: Comma Press
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