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Susan Mernit

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The State of the Short Story

In early 1985, Ellen Gilchrist's short story collection, Victory over Japan, won a National Book Award, but just a few years earlier—say in 1980—it would have been difficult even to publish a book of short stories. Popular publishing wisdom sta [...]

A Question of Vision

Langston Hughes: Before and Beyond Harlem. By Faith Berry. Lawrence Hill. $19.95 cloth, $12.95 paper. Langston Hughes, who died in 1967, is remembered as one of the great black American writers. His name is identified with the Harlem Renaissance, [...]