January 1, 1970

South Africa

By Jack Cope

There is a Zulu folk story of the prodigious uHlakanyana who, impatient to be born, hammered with his fists on the inside of his mother’s stomach shouting “Let me out!” […]

January 1, 1970

United States

By James T. Farrell

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales are stories. And, of course, Boccaccio’s Decameron is a book of short stories. What is written comes out of what was spoken. The epic, the song, the […]

January 1, 1970

England

By Edward Hyams

Nobody writes sonnets now; or, if they do, nobody reads them. Tomorrow, nobody will write short stories. Not that I have ever favored the view that the short story is […]

January 1, 1970

New Zealand

By David Ballantyne

Who wants short stories? Who needs them? I ask as a Gissing man. That is, I edge into this symposium less as a New Zealander than as a writer who […]

January 1, 1970

England

By H. E. Bates

The history of the short story, both past and present, is beset with odd myths, some of them plain silly, and a considerable number of contradictions, some of them difficult […]

January 1, 1970

Italy

By Luigi Barzini, translated by Helen Barolini

From the Italian.  One would like to think that the short story will never die in Italy, since it appears to be a form of expression particularly suited to the […]