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By the end of the nineteenth century, the United States of America occupied a huge part of an entire continent, and its citizens had a natural curiosity about those who lived in other places, other regions. In showing readers how the inhabitants of the different parts of the country talked, dressed, and acted, realism performed important cultural work. While presenting the distinctive qualities of particular places and different cultures, realist writers usually affirmed the common humanity that united the citizens of the various regions of a vast nation.
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When he turned to the short story, what Poe rapidly comprehended was that (a) not only could he write the tale of terror extremely well, but that (b) being so perceptive about what constituted a marketable piece of fiction, he could treat comically what he divined were its potential weaknesses. 2 Five of his earliest tales were sent in late 1831 to a prize competition sponsored by a Philadelphia newspaper, the Saturday Courier. Poe won no prize; that went instead to a greatly inferior piece. Publishing conditions being as they were, however, with no systematic copyright laws governing the practice, the editor of the Saturday Courier published the five stories during 1832.
A Companion to the American Short Story (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture) by Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel