Books: Brevities

SHORT SHORTS

Edited by Irving Howe and Iiana Wiener Howe

Godine; 262 pages; $12.95

"Short story" is the most elastic category in modern literature. "Story" may mean a series of events, a monologue, even a simple description with no characters at all. As for "short," it may signify a narrative of 10,000 words or a terse moral fable. In Short Shorts, Editor Irving Howe (World of Our Fathers) and his wife liana have decided to explore the far end of the genre. None of their selections requires more than eleven pages (D.H. Lawrence's A Sick...

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