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The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story : Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture - Andrew Levy

The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

By: Andrew Levy, Albert Gelpi (Editor), Ross Posnock (Editor)

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Published: 24th September 1993
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The Culture and Commerce of the Short Story is a cultural and historical account of the birth and development of the American short story from the time of Poe. It describes how America - through political movements, changes in education, magazine editorial policy and the work of certain individuals - built the short story as an image of itself and continues to use the genre as a locale within the realm of art where American political ideals can be rehearsed, debated and turned into literary forms. While the focus of this book is cultural, individual authors such as Edgar Allan Poe and Edith Wharton are examined as representative of the phenomenon. As part of its project, this book also contains a history of creative writing and the workshop dating back a century. Andrew Levy makes a strong case for the centrality of the short story as a form of art in American life and provides an explanation for the genre's resurgence and ongoing success.

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Poe's magazine
The land of definition
Edith Wharton: the muse's strategy
Handbooks and workshops: a brief history of the creative writing 'revolution'
Back home again: Bobbie Ann Mason's 'Shiloh'
Postscript: Iowa city
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521440578
ISBN-10: 0521440572
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 24th September 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.44