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Masterpieces of Short Fiction

Narrated by: Michael Krasny
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

More than simply a shorter version of the novel, the short story is a unique and rewarding literary form in itself. It offers a world in miniature faithfully captured by the author's mastery of character, plot, setting, image, and theme. The time it takes to read a short story may be brief, but its impact lasts much longer.

Short story writers see by the light of the flash," says author and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. "Theirs is the art of the only thing that one can be sure of - the present moment."

These 24 lectures guide you deep into 23 renowned works written by some of the acknowledged masters of the genre, illuminating the remarkable variety, breathtaking artistry, and profound themes to be found in such miniature masterpieces as Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," Isaac Babel's "My First Goose," Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers," Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," and more.

Using examples from the stories themselves, Professor Krasny illuminates each author's virtuosic development of character, plot, setting, imagery, theme, and language. As you progress through the course, you hone your ability to recognize and assess these elements.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2008 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2008 The Great Courses

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Great stories - not so great lecturer

What made the experience of listening to Masterpieces of Short Fiction the most enjoyable?

The choice of short stories and authors is great.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Masterpieces of Short Fiction?

Discovering Nadine Gordimer

What three words best describe Professor Michael Krasny’s voice?

Slightly boring after Chapter 12.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You don't make film out of this.

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Inspiring

Krasny is a great lecturer; I not only understand and believe his points of view, he's inspired me to read and write more short fiction.

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Don't expect to be entertained, Dry

Life is too short for this.
The lecturer drones humorlessly to a silent crowd.
I can see why this was on offer, I hope I can get my credit back.

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  • David L. Wilson
  • 18-12-13

A Few New Ideas for Short Fiction

What did you love best about Masterpieces of Short Fiction?

I enjoyed getting another point of view for stories I often teach.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Professor Michael Krasny?

Depends on the topic.

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