A Brief History of the Short Story. Forerunners of the Short Story. Parables Fables Folk Tales Ballads. Development of the Modern Short Story. Carefully contrived literary form Dates from the 19th century Closely related to the rise of these and other popular periodicals.
Poe’s definition of artistic unity:
That condition of a successful literary work whereby all its elements work together for the achievement of its central purpose.
In an artistically unified work nothing is included that is irrelevant to the
central purpose, nothing is omitted that is essential to it, and the parts are arranged in the most effective order for the achievement of that purpose.
Breakdown of human relationships
Unhappy people - lost guideposts of conduct and moralityCommon Themes of Modern Short Stories (19th -20th Century)
Deconstruction by R. Skoracki