Excerpt from The Short-Story: Specimens Illustrating Its Development; Edited With Introduction and Notes It was only in the later years of the nineteenth century that critics of literature came to recognize in the short-story a definite species, having possibilities of its own and also rigorous limitations. Although the short-story still lacks a satisfactory name, it is w seen to be clearly differentiated from the longer vel and also from the tale which merely chances to be t prolonged. From both of these it separates itself sharply - from the vel by its brevity and from the more brief tale by its unity, its totality, its concentration upon a single effect or a single sequence of effects. In the following pages a number of specimen stories have been selected to show the development of the form, - the slow evolution of this literary species through the long centuries of advancing civilization. The earlier tales here presented arc t true short-stories; each of them lacks one or ather of the essential characteristics of the type. The more modern examples are true short-stories; and they have been chosen to exhibit the many varieties possible within the species. They have been selected from the chief modern literatures; and they present many contrasting shades of local color. 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 techlogy 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.