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Understanding Fiction

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  31 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Ample collection of short stories, with essays, notes and questions for each.
Paperback, Third Edition, 515 pages
Published March 15th 1979 by Longman (first published 1943)
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Steve Macias
Oct 03, 2015 Steve Macias rated it it was amazing
Worth the commentary on "House of Usher" and its critique of modern horror as a genre.

"The horror is relatively meaningless—it is generated for its own sake; and one is inclined to feel that Poe's interest in the story was a morbid interest."

Wilson's commented on this notion as a type of spiritual "catharsis" on his blog.
John Niemeyer
Dec 16, 2012 John Niemeyer rated it it was amazing
If nothing else, this is a superb collection of short stories, well worth your time even if the academic interludes are trying to some, they can be skipped and this book would still be a winner.
Nicholas
Jun 09, 2012 Nicholas rated it liked it
I enjoyed the variety in Understanding Poetry more than this book, but Cleanth Brooks provides an excellent introduction to literary criticism of novels through this work.
wally
Mar 03, 2011 wally rated it liked it
i read an earlier edition.
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