January 1, 1968


By Henrietta Drake-Brockman

Australia: Henrietta Drake-Brockman The art of the short story is indigenous to Australia. It flourished with the Aborigines as they sat around their campfires or rested in the noon shade […]

January 1, 1968

South Africa

By Nadine Gordimer

Why is it that while the death of the novel is good for post-mortem at least once a year, the short story lives on unmolested? It cannot be because—to borrow […]

January 1, 1968


By Benedict Kiely

Frank O’Connor has gone the Long Road to Ummera as one of his people, an old woman, did in the moving story of that name when she made certain that […]

January 1, 1968


By Hugh Hood

Canada: Hugh Hood I’m amused and a little rueful to find myself making my first contribution to The Kenyon Review in this symposium, because I’ve been trying to place a […]

January 1, 1968


By Christina Stead

I love Ocean of Story, the name of an Indian treasury of story; that is the way I think of the short story and what is part of it, the […]

January 1, 1968

Editor’s Note

By Editors

THE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE SHORT STORY Part One Christina Stead (England) Herbert Gold (United States) Erih Kos (Yugoslavia) Nadine Gordimer (South Africa) Benedict Kiely ‘Ireland) Hugh Hood (Canada) Henrietta […]

January 1, 1968


By Erih Kŏs

Yugoslavia: Erih K6s In answering your questions concerning the state of the short story in Yugoslavia, I should like to point out at the very begin- ning that the circumstances […]

January 1, 1968


By Carlo Cassola, translated by Helen Barolini

My literary formation goes back to the immediate prewar period. That was a time when good writers, whether poets or novelists, had no public in Italy. They were all compelled […]

January 1, 1968

United States

By Herbert Gold

United States: Herbert Gold All public mourning about the plight of fiction circa 1968 is irrelevant, tendentious, and boring, and, in fact, is hereby pro- hibited, on pain of condemnation […]