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What was Poe's definition of a short story?

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2002


You will find the perfect answer in Poe's review of Hawthorne's "Twice-Told Tales" (1842), easily available; he explained therein: the kind of complete narrative (fiction-, i.e. imaginative) prose-writing you can read during one sitting (not exceeding one hour). He gave too the essential rules of composition for such short works. Yours sincerely, Raven's Shade (Belgium).

-- Anonymous, October 01, 2002

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