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August 7, 1909

Writing the Short Story.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(6):473-474. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550060049021

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This book should be popular among physicians so many of whom devote their leisure hours to story-writing. The book begins with a historical review of the rise of the short story, calling attention to the fact that the story-writer is the lineal descendant of the story-teller, and briefly tracing the evolution of the written story down through the ages. In Part I the nature of the modern short story is discussed at length. In Part 2 the structure is considered. Part 3 deals with preparation for authorship. Part 4 discusses the manuscript and its market. Part 5 is composed of seven appendices. As editor of a popular magazine the writer has handled thousands of manuscripts and his advice is correspondingly valuable.

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