American Short Stories

 

 

Introduction

Storytelling must be as old as mankind. It seems doubtless that as soon as people started to communicate, they have told stories in order to educate, entertain, impress or even warn each other. Stories existed long before the art of writing was ever known. The oldest recorded example of a short story is the Egyptian tale of "The Two Brothers", dating from around 3200 B.C. From this time onwards a continuous stream of stories has come down to us in all languages. One might say that short stories belong to all ages and countries. Short stories are a common link in the literature of all people.

 

American Short Stories

American literature is particularly famous for its short stories and America is often called the birthplace of the short story (of those written in the English language at least!). In the early nineteenth century American writers such as Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe introduced the short story as a literary form. While their stories were initially published in magazines, nowadays these short stories are often published in anthologies. Many modern writers release collections of their short stories. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Short Stories