Sam Pickering (essay date winter 1975)
SOURCE: Pickering, Sam. “The Cheap Repository Tracts and the Short Story.” Studies in Short Fiction 12, no. 1 (winter 1975): 15-21.
[In the following essay, Pickering claims that More's tracts were forerunners of the nineteenth-century short story.]
In a letter to Henry Brevoort in 1824, Washington Irving said that he had written sketches and short tales rather than long works because he chose “to take a line of writing peculiar to myself, rather than fall into the manner or school of any other writer.”1 Like all claims of originality, Irving's declaration should be taken with a grain of salt. Shake any literary history and several possible...
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