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Short: An International Anthology of Five Centuries of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms Paperback – March 26, 2014


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Persea; 1 edition (March 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892554320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892554324
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Short does an incredible amount of research and heavy lifting, presenting a cross-section of short-form prose, collecting the works of different countries and eras in the most comprehensive anthology I’ve yet encountered. ... Short masterfully displays the incredible diversity and creativity engendered by even the shortest works. ... From humor to heartbreak and back again, the stories and short works in Short offer a whirlwind tour exploring what the written word is capable of, the tip of an impossibly valuable iceberg.” (San Francisco Book Review)

“[A] treasure chest of short, rich works…. I’m always grateful when anthologies give you the opportunity to unabashedly open to a random page and land on something awesome and unexpected. Ziegler's collection includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, combinations of all of the above or none of the above; very old, kind of old, new, and not-so-new; canonized, widely-known, obscure, and the obscure-but-recognizable. It’s all here in this book ….” (Publishers Weekly Tumblr)

“Short is an important and impressive document...Alan Ziegler, editor of Short, is the right man for the job.” (HTMLGiant)

“Alan Ziegler's Short delivers the most comprehensive overview of short prose, prose poetry and prose essays to be published in the last ten years. Comprising pieces dating as far back as the year 1500, this collection is perhaps the best introduction to short prose that both experienced and inexperienced readers could wish for.” (Pastiche)

About the Author

Alan Ziegler’s books include Love at First Sight and The Writing Workshop Note Book. Professor of Writing at Columbia University, he has taught the short prose form for twenty-five years. He lives in New York.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Brown on April 18, 2014
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This much-needed anthology of short prose is sure to become a classic. In researching this volume, Alan Ziegler has cast his net wide to collect samples of short-form prose from different eras and different parts of the world. With entries spanning the 16th through the 20th centuries, on topics ranging from politics to gardening to heavy machinery, the book offers a grand tour of the short form. "Short" is as appropriate for the general reader as it is for use in writing and literature classes. I've bought several copies as gift for friends who have kids and very little time to read. A fascinating and very enjoyable book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Ritvo on June 9, 2014
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If you don't have time to commit to a novel--if you maybe don't even have time to commit to a short story--then this book is a very precious resource.

Alan Ziegler has the touch for anthologizing: despite the jaw-dropping range of voices, styles, personalities, and convictions speaking in this collection every piece is unified by an urgency that makes them feel hot-off-the-presses, by a deep willingness to communicate, by a sensitivity towards the reader, even when the authorial voice is at its most wounding. Ziegler's only bias seems to be a very human and humane one. It makes this book full of wounds, full of jokes--you never know what you're going to get when you open "Short" at a random page, but you do know it will probably bring a lump of some sort to your throat.

The collection manages to be a rigorous historical survey of Short Prose pieces--poets who died in the 21st century or are still alive are in Poe and Baudelaire's company--men and women, the disenfranchised and the educated elite--everyone is represented but nobody feels like a token. If you wanted to, you could use this book to educate yourself very thoroughly on the diverse manifestations of this strange form of little wisdom-paragraphs. As someone of a less scholarly bent, I was just very grateful to feel secure that it could tuck me in at night. I didn't need to devote more than five minutes to this book to have it completely transform my day.

Poems are scary. We don't think in line breaks--we don't encounter them in newspapers. Prose blocks are how we see the world and talk about it, for the most part--but this book sort of slipped the best kind of thinking a poem can do right into my imagination without me realizing it was doing it.

I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By patricia o'toole on June 9, 2014
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In the beginning was the Word. And it was short because it took all day to write in stone. Alan Ziegler is a discerning connoisseur of short writing, and with this book, he has given us a fantastic gift, one that is packed with surprise, delight, inspiration, and brilliance from the whole dang space-time continuum. No matter where you dive in, you'll surface with a gem.
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By andrea Jeffries on June 18, 2014
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I love short stories and essays because I can reread them until I understand the message and appreciate the the art without getting lost. The sklll and economy is a lure. I am savoring "Short" for the quality of the selections and variety of genre.
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