foreword ) What a Writer Does Best any years ago, as a graduate student, I read all the fiction published in the Atlantic Monthly between 1885 and 1895. During that time, the American literary scene was finally catching up with the British. American writers such as William Dean Howells, Mark Twain and Henry James were producing some of their best work, and Atlantic was arguably the finest American magazine of the day. Novels were still being done in serial form then, so it was a chance to read some of the most memorable American novels in their original publication. However, local color was very "in" in the writing of the 1880s, with regional dialects, phonetic spelling and caricatures that on occasion went overboard. Carl van Doren put it nicely when he wrote that local-color fiction at times suffered from "the contagion of triviality." But even then literary fashion could fade surprisingly quickly, as this sort of story declined from over half of Atlantic's fiction in the 1880s to a negligible percentage by the mid 1890s. As an editor, I've witnessed the rise and sudden waning of equally enthusiastic trends in literary fiction. The minimalist story, reminiscent of such
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Sep 11, 2006
It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.
Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.
All for just $49/month
Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly
Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.
Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.
Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.
All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.
“Hi guys, I cannot tell you how much I love this resource. Incredible. I really believe you've hit the nail on the head with this site in regards to solving the research-purchase issue.”Daniel C.
“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”@Phil_Robichaud
“I must say, @deepdyve is a fabulous solution to the independent researcher's problem of #access to #information.”@deepthiw
“My last article couldn't be possible without the platform @deepdyve that makes journal papers cheaper.”@JoseServera