The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (190721).
VOLUME XVI. Early National Literature, Part II; Later National Literature, Part I.
VI. The Short Story.
§ 2. Beginnings.
|In America the evolution of the form may be traced through at least four stages. It began with the eighteenth-century tale of the Hannah More type, colourless, formless, undramatic, subservient, to use a contemporary phrase, only to the interest of virtuea form peculiarly adapted to flourish in the Puritanic atmosphere of the new nation. Such stories as Chariessa, or a Pattern for the Sex and The Danger of Sporting with Innocent Credulity, both from Careys Columbian Magazine established in 1786, satisfied the American reading public for half a century.