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How High? -- That High

by Diane Williams

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How High? -- That High by Diane Williams
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    Oct 2021, 128 pages

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How Short Can Stories Get?

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Hands typing on a typewriterHey, wait! Where are you going? This isn't going to be a long article. I promise!

In fact, it may well be as short as a piece of flash fiction, which sounds like a creation for the age of Twitter, but actually goes much further back. At least as far back as around 600 BCE when many of the tales attributed to Aesop are believed to have originated.

These fables, as well as the myths found in the Iliad and the Odyssey and elsewhere, are short enough to give the reader pause. Just one line could take on new life in the mind, picking up where an author left off, a kind of calisthenics for the imagination.

In the 19th century, authors such as Honoré de Balzac, Anton Chekhov, Kate Chopin and Ambrose Bierce experimented with the form. One of Chopin's pieces, "The Story of an Hour," about a Mrs. Mallard reacting to the news of her husband's death, is not only considered her best-known short story, but also an early piece of flash fiction.

Somerset Maugham, Ray Bradbury and ...

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