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Chris Power’s monthly series, A Brief Survey of the Short Story, appears in the Guardian. He is working on a collection of short stories.
In this downloadable essay, Chris Power discusses the state of the short story and why the dominant narrative of imminent death or blazing renaissance should be rejected.
by Chris Power
© Chris Power 2014
‘Last night George Saunders won the inaugural Folio Prize for his short-story collection Tenth of December. Navigating to the Guardian’s report on the win, I scroll in search of the question I’m sure will be there. I find it about halfway down: “After the Nobel prize given to Alice Munro, Saunders was asked if short stories were finally getting their due”. It’s something I imagine George Saunders has been asked many times, because it’s the unavoidable narrative of the short story as neglected form, the foundling on the steps of literature that needs fattening on the pap of prizes and occasional breakout commercial success. When Lydia Davis wins the Man Booker International Prize, Alice Munro the Nobel, or George Saunders the Folio Prize, one of the first questions asked is whether this represents a renaissance for the short story…’ Keep reading>>