American Stories (Classic Reprint)

American Stories (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from American Stories There have been stories, short or long, ever since there have been men, or else the human race would have died Of weariness before it had got well started. Men must have always amused themselves by telling stories, and the earliest forms of literature usually are stories of some sort, legends, fables, or myths. But in the litera tures that we commonly know they find their earliest form in verse. Verse is almost always earlier in literature than prose. There are vari ous reasons for this which need not be mentioned, but Whatever the reason, the fact is that those longer stories that we call novels and the shorter stories that we generally call a short story, meaning not merely a story that is short, but rather an especial kind Of story, these are new in the literature Of the world. There is always fiction, and for many centuries there has been prose fiction Of a sort, but novels as we under stand them to-day began practically in the middle of the eighteenth century, and short stories even later. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15mm | 390g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243100787
  • 9780243100781