It is the first short story I ever wrote and marks, in a manner of speaking, the end of my first phase, the Malayan phase with its special subject and its verbal suggestions.
It was after an interval of long groping amongst vague impulses and hesitations which ended in the production of "The Nigger" that I turned to my third short story in the order of time, the first in this volume: "Karain: A Memory.
Then he tried, as an experiment, a short story
, and before he broke his stride he had finished six short stories and despatched them to various magazines.
I've done a good deal of short story
writing for the magazines, but I've never had the leisure that seems to be necessary for the writing of a book.
As this observation is pretty deep, I will illustrate it by the following short story
When she began to call me Amy, I told her my short story
, and that you had always called me Little Dorrit.
Speaking of stories, Diana," remarked Anne, in a significant, confidential tone, "do you know that lately I have been wondering if I could write a short story
-- a story that would be good enough to be published?
Then giving his anxious Indian friend a look, to re-assure him of his innocence, he turned to the rest of his attentive and interested listeners, as he continued in English, "I have a short story
to tell, and he that believes it will believe the truth, and he that disbelieves it will only lead himself astray, and perhaps his neighbour too.
In exchange for one penny its five hundred thousand readers received every week a serial story about life in highest circles, a short story
packed with heart-interest, articles on the removal of stains and the best method of coping with the cold mutton, anecdotes of Royalty, photographs of peeresses, hints on dress, chats about baby, brief but pointed dialogues between Blogson and Snogson, poems, Great Thoughts from the Dead and Brainy, half-hours in the editor's cosy sanctum, a slab of brown paper, and--the journal's leading feature--Advice on Matters of the Heart.
I have before now told thee many times, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "that thou art a mighty great chatterer, and that with a blunt wit thou art always striving at sharpness; but to show thee what a fool thou art and how rational I am, I would have thee listen to a short story
This excerpt from her 2009 novel Master of the Short Story
(Oman haSipur haKatsar) highlights her attention to craft, her wicked humor, and her sharp eye for telling detail.
A short story
is a brief work of literature, usually written in narrative prose.