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Anomalies of the Short Story
Howells

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This etext was produced by David Widger  

LITERATURE AND LIFE--Some Anomalies of the Short Story 

by William Dean Howells 

SOME ANOMALIES OF THE SHORT STORY 

The interesting experiment of one of our great publishing houses in
putting out serially several volumes of short stories, with the hope that
a courageous persistence may overcome the popular indifference to such
collections when severally administered, suggests some questions as to
this eldest form of fiction which I should like to ask the reader's
patience with.  I do not know that I shall be able to answer them, or
that I shall try to do so; the vitality of a question that is answered
seems to exhale in the event; it palpitates no longer; curiosity flutters
away from the faded flower, which is fit then only to be folded away in
the 'hortus siccus' of accomplished facts.  In view of this I may wish

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