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Sunday, December 08, 2013
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Great time to revisit the short story
This is the perfect time to pay tribute to the short story. I’m hoping that there will be a renewed interest in this literary form, since Canadian short story writer Alice Munro has been named the Nobel laureate in literature. There was a time when great writers mastered both the short story and the novel. American Nobel laureate Ernest Hemingway was known for his short stories as much as for his novels. The same goes for F Scott Fitzgerald.
O Henry wrote his short stories when he was imprisoned for embezzlement. (He had stolen money to help his ailing wife). The Gift of the Magi is his best story. It seems to me somewhere along the way, short story writers got demoted to second-class literary citizens. It doesn’t make any sense. In this fast-paced world, I would think that most people would want to read short stories.
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