Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




Toe purpose of this thesis is to trace the development of the .American short story from about 1865 to about 1900. I propose to do this by dividing the material studied into four periods and then to weigh, examine, and compare the chief exponents of the American short story during each period. The divisions are: The Period Following the Civil War, of which I shall consider the stories of Bret Hart, Aldrich, Twain and James; The Era of Localized Romance, of which the stories of Cable and Jewett will be considered; The Reign of Dialect, dominated by Murfree. Harris and Page; and The Non-localized Short Story, in relation to which Stockton's "The Lady of the Tiger" will be examined.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts of Marquette University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy