Reference Guide to Short Fiction
Developed by Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana
St. James Press, 1998

From the Editor’s Note:
“Now in its second edition, the Reference Guide to Short Fiction provides critical coverage of 376 writers of short stories and novellas. Of these authors, almost all were born after 1750. The earliest writer in the book, born in 1313, is Giovanni Boccaccio, who in 1348 in Florence witnessed the sickness, death, and social isolation caused by the plague, an experience that led to his most famous work, Decameron (Ten Days). In contrast, the youngest entrant, A. L. Kennedy, was born in Scotland in 1965. Night Geometry and the Garscadden Trains, her first collection of short stories, won the Saltire Award for Best First Book and was published when Kennedy was just 25 years old.

Although the majority of the book’s entrants wrote their stories in English, more than a third wrote in other languages, such as French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Czech, Russian, Bengali, Urdu, Chinese, and Japanese. Reflecting this, the entrants have a wide range of nationalities. More than a quarter, or 109, of the entrants are American or Canadian, while about 20 percent, or 76, are listed as British, English, Scottish, Welsh, or Irish. The remaining entrants span the globe: 56 from continental Western Europe, 32 from Eastern Europe and Russia, 16 from Africa and the Middle East, 29 from Asia, 28 from Australia and New Zealand, 1 from Samoa, and 29 from Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.” (Thomas Riggs & Company, Missoula, Montana).

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