By Tim Killick

despite the significance of the assumption of the 'tale' inside Romantic-era literature, brief fiction of the interval has obtained little awareness from critics. Contextualizing British brief fiction in the broader framework of early nineteenth-century print tradition, Tim Killick argues that authors and publishers sought to offer brief fiction in book-length volumes as a fashion of competing with the unconventional as a valid and prestigious style. starting with an summary of the advance of brief fiction throughout the overdue eighteenth century and research of the publishing stipulations for the style, together with its visual appeal in magazines and annuals, Killick indicates how Washington Irving's highly renowned collections set the level for British writers. next chapters examine the tales and sketches of writers as different as Mary Russell Mitford and James Hogg, in addition to didactic brief fiction via authors reminiscent of Hannah extra, Maria Edgeworth, and Amelia Opie. His ebook makes a powerful case for the evolution of brief fiction right into a self-conscious, deliberately smooth shape, with its personal suggestions and imperatives, break away these of the novel.

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