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 200 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.
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.
James Baldwin 1924-1987 (American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and short-story writer).
Patricia Grace 1937- (New Zealand short-story writer, novelist, and children's fiction writer).
Flannery O'Connor 1925-1964 (Entry devoted to the short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," 1953).
Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849 (Entry devoted to the short story "The Gold-Bug," 1843).