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About the Short Story
Short Story, short fictional narrative. Typically portraying a small number of characters and single plot, with one thematic focus, short stories are aimed at exciting in the reader a single main effect or emotional response. The novel, by contrast, typically presents many characters developed in a more leisurely way through interconnecting story lines and conflicts, and evokes a multiplicity of emotional reactions. LIke the novel, the short story in its modern form is a work of prose, but short narratives that were forerunners of the modern short story were often written in verse.
Short Story Research Starter
A short story is a work of prose narrative fiction, typically ranging from 1,600 to 30,000 words. The genre’s first theorist, Edgar Allan Poe, believed that the short story should be brief enough to be read in one sitting. He also argued for the "unity of effect," insisting that every word in the story should contribute to the effect predetermined by the author. As the short story evolved, the term proved resistant to definition, but that has not deterred writers and critics. In addition to economy and unity,
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