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Reference Guide To Short Fiction: Thomas Riggs And Co

Submitted by • July 10, 2013

“Now in its second edition, the Reference Guide to Short Fiction provides critical coverage of 376 writers of short stories and novellas. Of these authors, almost all were born after 1750. The earliest writer in the book, born in 1313, is Giovanni Boccaccio, who in 1348 in Florence witnessed the sickness, death, and social isolation caused by the plague, an experience that led to his most famous work, Decameron (Ten Days). In contrast, the youngest entrant, A. L. Kennedy, was born in Scotland in 1965. Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains, her first collection of short stories, won the Saltire Award for Best First Book and was published when Kennedy was just 25 years old.”

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