Tuesday, November 20, 2018

bit Lit: Fiction Anesthetized, Euthanized, and Sterilized

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Short stories and novels are eminently enjoyable. Those by great writers often have a depth that defies casual reading. Regardless of your experience as a reader, these analyses of the famous stories in this collection will deepen your appreciation of the fine art they exhibit, while enhancing your understanding of them and increasing the pleasure they provide you.


Literary criticism isn't for everyone. In fact, some people—all right, a lot of people—think of it as being right up—or right down—there with math, English composition, and grammar courses. I'm not one of them.

I find that, after reading a short story, a novel, a poem, a play, or any other form of literature, it helps to read a few critical analyses and discussions of it.

Most literary critics are not only highly intelligent and well-educated, but they also tend to be men and women of wide experience. They've read a lot, thought a lot, and discussed a lot of the same types of fiction I like, and, just as a medical doctor is likely to know much more about medicine than his or her patient or a hypochondriac who surfs the Internet on a regular basis, literary critics are apt to understand more about fiction than the average reader.

A good literary critic doesn't just identify what's wrong with a piece of literature; he or she also shows what's right about it and helps others to recognize and comprehend both the faults and the treasures of the written word as it takes the form of a story. From literary critics, as well as novelists and short story writers, one can learn the art and craft of writing fiction.

We overlook much. When reading alone, we often miss the depth of meaning and the breadth of insights a narrative offers. We may be amused, perplexed, struck with wonder, frightened half out of our minds, or even aroused by what we read, but, without the aid of the literary critic, we may also fail to see the implications, the import, and the sheer brilliance of the fiction we read, as if literature were merely entertainment and nothing more. 

In bit Lit: Fiction Anesthetized, Euthanized, and Sterilized, I want to do my part to help readers gain a better understanding of such masterpieces as H. G. Wells' "The Cone," Ambrose Bierce's "The Boarded Window" and "The Damned Thing," Ray Bradbury's "Heavy-Set," Shirley Jackson's "An Ordinary Day, with Peanuts," and many other stories. That's my inspiration.

Click below to read samples of my novels, short stories, and essays.



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