Crafting the Very Short Story:an Anthology of 100 Masterpieces

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For second semester courses in Introduction to Literature, Literature and Composition, Introductory Fiction and Creative Writing courses.

This anthology is an international story collection by critically-acclaimed authors, and includes essays by renowned writers and scholars on the key stylistic elements of this relatively new art form: the very short story. Authors of these classic, modern, and avant garde stories include Alice Walker, Yasunari Kawabata, Helena Vivien Viramontes, Amy Hemple, H.H. Munro, and Anton Chekhov, plus many others. It provides students with an exciting taste of global literature, and writing guidelines which includes a list of 10 succinct crafting instructions enables students to focus on key aspects of writing as they analyze the authors' prose and write their own very short stories.

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This outstanding anthology is comprised of acclaimed authors from diverse cultures and both genders. Organized alphabetically and stylistically, CRAFTING'S wealth of classic, modern, and avant-garde fiction features numerous genres and serves as an excellent introduction to the authors' longer works. The text includes writing instruction, exercises, a glossary of literary terms, scholarly commentary, and 14 personal essays by the writers on form, key stylistic elements, and stories included in the collection. The rich variety of narratives and the overall reader-friendly structure make this compendium an essential tool for teaching fiction and crafting the very short story.

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