January 1, 1969

Japan

By Junzo Shono

A student newspaper once asked me for my views on the potentialities of the short story. I replied that although I gave thought to the actual short stories I might […]

January 1, 1969

Italy

By Mario Picchi, translated by Adele Plotkin

The work of G. B. Passano, I novellieri italiani in prosa, published in the second half of the nineteenth century, is a bibliographical record of Italian short-story writers which begins […]

January 1, 1969

United States

By George Garrett

United States: George Garrett Anything that I have to say about short stories has to be personal, at least in part. Quite impossible for me to be “objective.” Possible, though […]

January 1, 1969

South Africa

By Ezekiel Mphahlele

I can never say exactly why I began writing short stories twenty years ago; why, for instance, I did not try the novel first. Perhaps one’s natural bent has something […]

January 1, 1969

Australia

By Elizabeth Harrower

There must have been a heyday, sometime between the first settlement of Australia and the second World War, during which the short story flourished here. This period is harked back […]

January 1, 1969

England

By Elizabeth Taylor

The short story, as we know it today, is a comparatively modern literary form. The writing and telling of stories is another matter, going back into antiquity—to legends and fables […]

January 1, 1969

India

By Khushwant Singh

Who says the short story is dead? In India it has only recently had its rebirth, and literary pundits who make horoscopes have forecast a long and prosperous life for […]

January 1, 1969

Spain

By Ana María Matute, translated by William Fifield

Since I first began to write, hardly in my girlhood, I have considered the short story one of the aptest means available to a narrator. The tale captures all the […]