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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 4 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Chapter 6: the short story (search)
of distinction, but nowhere does it satisfy the supreme tests. He attempted too much, he skimmed over too much ground, he observed too much of the superficial and not enough of the real underlying heart of life. He was a facile sketcher of surfaces, a versatile entertainer, a craftsman rather than a critic of human life, an artist enamoured with his art rather than a creator who worked with the deeper materials of the human tragedy and comedy. The period closes with the work of William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry (1862-1910), whose sudden rise and enormous popularity are one of the romances of the history of the short story. Only the bare facts of his biography need detain us: his Southern origin, his limited education, his sixteen years in Texas, his unfortunate experience as a bank clerk, his flight to South America, his return after a few months to serve a sentence in the Ohio State prison, and finally his last years in New York City—as picturesque a life as may
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
rican history, 304 Poems of places, 35 Poems of the War, 278 Poems on slavery, 36 Poet at the Breakfast-Table, The, 234 Poetic principle, 63 Poetry, lyrical, narrative, and satirical of the Civil War, 299 Poets and poetry of Europe, 35 Politian, 57, 66 Political and Civil history of the United States, 108 Political annals of the present United colonies, 107-108 Polk, J. K., 183, 291, 302 Poor Richard, 214 Pope, 63, 94, 225, 234, 237 Porter, Noah, 219 Porter, William Sydney, 365, 385, 386, 391, 393-394 Port folio, the, 162, 162 n. Post (Cincinnati), 266 n. Potter, Mary Storer, 34 Pound, Roscoe, 77 Poydras College, 295 Praed, W. M., 242 Precieuses Ridicules, 234 Prentice, George Denison, 153 Prenticeana, 153 Prescott, F. C., 63 n. Prescott, William Hickling, 123-131, 132, 136, 137, 249 Preston, Margaret J., 288, 290, 300, 302, 305, 306, 307, 309, 311 Prince, Thomas, 113 Prince and the Pauper, the, 406 Princeton, 198,