The Emergence of the Short Story in the Nineteenth Century Criticism: Overviews - Essay

Criticism: Overviews

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Matthews, Brander. The Philosophy of the Short Story, 11-27. London: Longmans, 1901.

[In the following excerpt, originally published in 1885, Matthews makes distinctions between the formal qualities of the short story and those of the novel, highlighting the ingenuity, compression, and overall “unity of impression” of the short story.]


If it chance that artists fall to talking about their art, it is the critic's place to listen, that he may pick up a little knowledge. Of late, certain of the novelists of Great Britain and the United States have been discussing the principles and the practice of the art of writing stories. Mr....

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