The Short Story Now and Then
Hamid EL-Dood Mahdi

The modern short story is considered to be one of the oldest forms of the narrative in the world of literature; it is the natural heir of the oral tale. The short story started verbally - people meet and begin telling stories to each other. In the course of time along with the advancement and development of the world, the modern short story developed and assumed a form which is different from the old oral tale. Thus, it is the origin of the short story in the West and how it was developed throughout different phases is the prime concern of this paper. It will also give a comprehensive historical background based mainly on the chronological order.

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