This autumn issue of Studies in the American Short Story is the first we have done in a special format, an expanded number twice the length of our regular size. This expansion came about from two basic impulses. The first consisted of time problems caused by covid phenomena slowing the normal process of submission and production, factors that have gradually eased in recent months. The second was the desire to present what had become an especially comprehensive series of essays covering not only the temporal sweep of the genre but its ethnic and gender range as well. That coverage begins with the great writers of the Romantic era (Hawthorne, Melville, and Poe) through the Realistic period (Chopin, Bierce, Alcott, and Twain), to such Modern figures as Hemingway and Flannery O’Connor, to the contemporary authors Charles Baxter and Lauren Groff. Beyond time concerns, there is also a wide disparity of approaches...

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