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The “Wire-Puller”: L. T. Meade, Atalanta and the Development of the Short Story

Standlee, Whitney (2021) The “Wire-Puller”: L. T. Meade, Atalanta and the Development of the Short Story. In: The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture, 1880-1950. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 25-43. ISBN 9781474461085

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Abstract

Through a consideration of her career as both editor of Atalanta and a short story author regularly featured in the pages of numerous periodicals including the Strand, this chapter explores and assesses L. T. Meade’s position as both a promoter and innovator of the short story form in the period of its rise to popular prominence. The chapter argues that, by regularly featuring short complete works of fiction in Atalanta and through her methods of encouraging, inspiring and challenging her girl readers (who included Virginia Woolf, Evelyn J. Sharp and Angela Brazil) to become writers and modernisers of short fiction themselves, Meade was among the earliest and most important advocates of the female-authored short story as a potentially ground-breaking and inventive fictional genre.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: short story, female authored short story
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Humanities
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Copyright Info: Edinburgh University Press
Depositing User: Whitney Standlee
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 11:47
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2022 08:06
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/12184

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