The Short Story ...

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Henry Holt, 1902 - 30 oldal
 

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16. oldal - In a dream to wander to some place where may be heard the complaints of all the miserable on earth.
10. oldal - I fancy much of what I value myself upon in writing, escapes the observation of the great mass of my readers: who are intent more upon the story than the way in which it is told. For my part I consider a story merely as a frame on which to stretch my materials. It is the play of thought, and sentiment and language; the weaving in of characters, lightly yet expressively delineated; the familiar and faithful exhibition of scenes in common life; and the half concealed vein of humour that is often playing...
15. oldal - If his very initial sentence tend not to the outbringing of this effect, then he has failed in his first step. In the whole composition there should be no word written, of which the tendency, direct or indirect, is not to the one preestablished design.
26. oldal - The Outcasts of Poker Flat"; we are looking only for what bears upon our narrow purpose, that the interest may be concentrated and the conception vivified beyond the power of a novel. The process is very artificial but very powerful: it is like turning a telescope upon one nebula in the heavens. Thus it is the standpoint of the author that makes the distinction between a short novel and a long Short Story.
25. oldal - His aim is toward a strip lengthwise, disregarding much that a cross-section might show. He deals with a series of incidents, closely related to one another but not at all to the byplay of life which, in reality, must accompany them. He treats of a mood always existing, but in the story supremely indicated; perhaps...
27. oldal - Letter," as a tale done into short story form; and "Markheim," "A Coward," or "Without Benefit of Clergy," for the typical short story. If it is necessary to say what characterises all of the shorter stories now being written, I should suggest that it is an attempt at greater vividness, and this attempt is made largely through those practices in composition which the endeavor to convey fitly an impression has brought into common use.
30. oldal - Story is not to be chosen before the novel; but in its capabilities for perfection of structure, for nice discrimination in means, and for a satisfying exposition of the full power of words, it is much superior to the novel, and can rank only below the poem.
26. oldal - ... beyond the power of a novel. The process is very artificial, but very powerful; it is like turning a telescope upon one nebula in the heavens. Thus it is the standpoint of the author that makes the distinction between a short novel, always excepting the impressionistic variety, and a long short story. In the one the writer digests life-histories, or portions of them; in the other he looks only for the episode, which, like the bubble on the stream, is part of, and yet distinguished from, the main...
22. oldal - ... one sitting or a dozen. A single vivid impression is to be the result of the Short Story; while many, diverse yet harmonious, impressions are to follow upon the reading of a novel.
25. oldal - ... must accompany them. He treats of a mood always existing, but in the story supremely indicated; perhaps of an adventure or a catastrophe, which differs from the denouement of a novel in that the interest is concentrated: the cause is in the hero's character, ready-made for the occasion; the results are in the circumstances of the tale. If all narration amounts, as critics say, merely to a simplification of experience, imaginative or real, then a Short Story is simplification to the highest degree....

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