The Reader Volume 7

The Reader Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...the successive stages in the structure of one of his short stories. Poe was endowed by nature with a genius both for structure and for style; and since these two elements are the first essentials of the short story, it is not strange that on the technical side his work in this line still remains unsurpassed in American or British literature. With his extraordinarily clear and analytic intellect, he fashioned the plots of his stories with mathematical precision; and then, owing to the richness of his rare emotive nature, he was able to tell his tales with the thrilling and enthralling harmony of that low, musical language which haunts us like the echo of a dream. We should seek in vain to catch the secret of his style; but it must be perfectly possible to understand his structure. This is an intellectual matter, and can be analyzed by intellectual means. In his well-known review of Hawthorne's "Tales," Poe expressly stated that "having conceived, with deliberate care, a certain unique or single effect to be wrought out, the skilful writer of short stories then invents such incidents--he then combines such events as may best aid him in establishing this preconceived effect. If his very initial sentence tend not to the outbringing of this effect, then he has failed in his first step. In the whole composition there should be no word written of which the tendency, direct or indirect, is not to the one pre-established design." So rigidly did he work that in his best short stories we feel that the removal of a sentence would be an amputation. He succeeded positively in giving his narrative the utmost emphasis with the greatest economy of means. I purpose in this essay to analyze one of Poe's short stories, --following in the...
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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 626g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236921100
  • 9781236921109