It will be easier, however, to comprehend its real nature by placing it against the novel.A novel cannot be abbreviated into a short story, nor can a short story be expanded into a novel. But a short story exposes a situation representing a mood, as if in a flash. Unlike a novel, therefore, it does not admit of a large number of characters, of variety of events or interests.
It will be easier, however, to comprehend its real nature by placing it against the novel.A novel cannot be abbreviated into a short story, nor can a short story be expanded into a novel. But a short story exposes a situation representing a mood, as if in a flash. Unlike a novel, therefore, it does not admit of a large number of characters, of variety of events or interests.Much of his success will depend on the skill with which the author utilises the opening situation for engaging the interest and the attention of the reader.
No single formula will cover its immense range and variety.
It is, indeed, a far cry from the primitive legends to the subtle touches of Manpassant.
He left for the US while his father was away on business so he couldn’t stop him.
His mother gave him a gold belt buckle to sell when he arrived, as she couldn’t give him money, and asked him, whatever he did, not to marry a blue-eyed, blonde-haired American girl." “Annie Dillard and The Writing Life”In 1989, this was the letter I sent with my application to Annie Dillard’s Literary Nonfiction class at Wesleyan University.
Necessarily, characters must come into a short story since it is impossible to conceive incidents apart from characters.
The exposition of character, however, is not its main function, as it usually is in a novel where the interaction of characters and incidents helps the evolution of the plot.I was a last-semester senior, an English major who had failed at being a studio art major and thus became an English major by default.As I waited for what I was sure was going to be rejection, I went to the mall to shop for Christmas presents and walked through bookstores full of copies of the Annie Dillard boxed edition—Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, American Childhood, Holy The Firm—and the Best American Essays of 1988, edited, yes, by Annie Dillard.I walked around them as if they were her somehow and not her books, and left empty-handed.I didn’t buy them because if she rejected me, they would be unbearable to own. : “The Books”"Five years ago, I moved in with my partner Dustin, joining him in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment in New York City.The moment has only to be isolated from all that is not immediately relevant to it.Atmosphere of the short story is the colouring of the environment to harmonise with the mood.A short story may be of the length of a post card as often written Bonophul in Bengali as it may run into hundred pages as one written by D. But both the complication and the resolution must involve suspense or surprise.Thus, the opening situation serves the purpose of supplying just the minimum of information necessary for understanding the essential motive of the story.It is obvious that to express a complex mood in its rise and fall, with all its concomitants of incidents and characters, fused into a compact unity, demands the highest literary skill.It is not the mirror of life but the mirror of the moment.