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The Beginning of the Short Story in England

June 20th 2016

PROFESSOR CHARLES E. MAY examines the battle between romance and realism in Daniel Defoe’s ‘A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal’: ‘Short fiction lies between the romance convention of presenting marvelous events and the realistic convention of presenting events as if they actually happened’.

Dark Satanic Mills

November 17th 2014

PAT TOMPKINS considers the flawed but powerful story of human aspiration and the consequences of industrialisation: ‘Life in the Iron Mills’ brings us a view of outsiders, those ignored and disdained by the wider society. As the best short stories do, it gives voice to the lonely…’

All Lies

April 4th 2011

PAULINE MASUREL asks: ‘Should we write what we know or write what we don’t?’

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