Short Story Criticism: Excerpts from Criticism of the Works of Short Fiction Writers

  • Series Name: Short Story Criticism Series
  • Volume 155
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  • ISBN-10: 1414471653
  • ISBN-13: 9781414471655
  • DDC: 809.3
  • Shipping Weight: 3.15 lbs ( 1.43 kgs)
  • 486 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2011, 2011
  • © 2011 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available



Short Story Criticism assembles critical responses to the writings of the world's most renowned short fiction writers and provides supplementary biographical context and bibliographic material to guide the reader to a greater understanding of the genre and its creators. Each of the nearly 150 volumes in this series profiles approximately 3-6 writers of short fiction from all time periods and all parts of the world. Entries provide an introductory biographical essay, a primary bibliography, a selection of full-text or excerpted critical essays reproduced from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals, and sources for additional research. A full citation and annotation precede each of the approximately 50 essays per volume; many entries include an author portrait. The series currently covers more than 500 authors and also includes numerous entries focusing on individual works and topics.

Although short fiction is also covered in other titles from the Gale Literature Criticism series, Short Story Criticism offers a greater focus on understanding the genre than is possible in the broader, survey-oriented entries in those series. Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow endusers to engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about writers of short fiction and their works. Students writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the genre will find this a highly useful resource.

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Short Story Criticism Series

This series presents critical views on the most widely studied writers of short fiction. Each volume includes overviews of three to six short story writers, works, or topics and a historical survey of the critical response. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text.

Features and Benefits

  • Entries in this volume include: George Washington Cable, Anton Chekhov, Kurt Vonnegut.
  • Volume-specific title index.
  • Cumulative title index to the entire series is available separately.

What's New

  • Accumulative author, topic, and nationality index.


"Only the smallest of libraries, and here one thinks of personal libraries alone, can afford to be without this truly remarkable series." -- American Reference Books Annual (1997)


"This series is recommended for school, public and academic libraries." -- ARBA (American Reference Books Annual) 1999


"This graphically pleasing tool is recommended for academic libraries, many of which will want to place it on standing order." -- American Reference Books Annual (1994)


"Following the tradition of other Gale works, this will be a welcome addition for students needing difficult-to-find information on short story authors. Recommended." -- The Book Report


"Short Story Criticism . . . [is] a wise investment that should pay handsome dividends." -- American Reference Books Annual [1997]


"Entries are fulsome, detailed, and entertaining. The brief sketches about the authors' works are as enlightening as anything else available, and the snatches of criticism are well wrought. Photographs and sketches adorn the text in enlightening and helpful ways. Sidebars, usually set off in boxes, give users some idea of the writer's craft. It is refreshing to see so excellent a paper work as this. Only the smallest of libraries, and here one thinks of personal libraries alone, can afford to be without this truly remarkable series." -- American Reference Books Annual [1997]


Table of Contents

Literary Criticism Series Advisory Board.
George Washington Cable 1844-1925. American short story writer, novelist, journalist, essayist, and historian.
Anton Chekhov 1860-1904. Russian short story writer, playwright, and essayist.
Kurt Vonnegut 1922-2007. American novelist, short fiction writer, poet, journalist, critic, librettist, essayist, and playwright.
Literary Criticism Series Cumulative Author Index.
Literary Criticism Series Cumulative Topic Index.
SSC Cumulative Nationality Index.
SSC-155 Title Index.