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The Best Short Stories of 1917

and the Yearbook of the American Short Story

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 192,191 / 565 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 51.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,670
Added to site: 2007.03.23 16346

at, in addition to all the important writers, nearly all the literate population who are not writing movie scenarios are writing or are about to write short stories. One reason for this is the general belief that this highly sophisticated and subtle art is a means for making money in spare time, and so one finds everybody, from the man who solicits insurance to the barber who sells hair-tonics, engaged in writing, or in taking courses in the writing, of short stories. Judging from what appears in the magazines, one imagines that they get their efforts accepted. There is no doubt that the butcher, the baker, and the candle-stick maker are easily capable of producing the current short stories with the aids now afforded."

Now this is the heart of the matter with which criticism has to deal. It is regrettable that the American magazine editor is not more mindful of his high calling, but the tremendous advertising development of the American magazine has bound American literature in the chains of commercial



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