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A better half to the yank brief tale lines the advance of this flexible literary style during the last two hundred years.Sets the quick tale in context, being attentive to the interplay of cultural forces and aesthetic principlesContributes to the continued redefinition of the yank canon, with shut realization to the achievements of ladies writers in addition to such vital genres because the ghost tale and detective fictionEmbraces varied traditions together with African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and local brief tale writingIncludes a piece interested by particular authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike
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Of the early writers of realism, none attracted more initial acclaim than Bret Harte with his stories of life in the California mining towns. Although his works can now seem surprisingly sentimental and even conventional, his continuous satire of moral pretense and his apparent fascination with disreputable characters were once considered daring. The major writers of American realism – William Dean Howells, Henry James, and Mark Twain – are best known for their novels, but all produced a significant number of short stories.