English Short Stories of the Nineteenth Century
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Published between 1804 and 1895, these 21 tales illustrate trends in the development of the short story, a genre which was overshadowed by the three-volume novel at the beginning of the century but has won a more significant position in modern literature. Heinz Bergner's introduction outlines the social and literary background and there are biographical notes on the authors, who include Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Sheridan Le Fanu, Maria Edgeworth and Charles Lamb. Facsimile reprints from early editions.