poe's defenition of short story

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what is edgar allan poes defenition of a short story?

-- Anonymous, September 05, 2001


Read his essay on composition at www.eapoe.org. First it must be short and able to be read at one sitting(one hour?). Then there must a single effect to be produced observing the unities of place and time. Right from the first words everything must tend to this planned effect toward a climax. Read his reviews of Irving and Hawthorne.

-- Anonymous, September 06, 2001

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