Evolution of the American Short Story

1077 Words Feb 1st, 2018 4 Pages
Over the different periods like the American Romanticism, Dark Romantics, Realism, Moderns, and Contemporary, the events changed the style of writing and the characteristics of the way the authors in these times wrote their stories. The authors in these eras started to revolutionize the way they wrote according to occurrences in that particular period. Another thing that affects the periods are the way public starts to think and the events that start happening in the United States. There are many unique factors that contribute to the American Romanticism, Dark Romantics, Realism, Moderns, and the Contemporary Time Periods.
The American Romantics Time Period is where America was trying to establish things as a new country and was figuring out how to run the government. One of the authors from this time was Washington Irving, he wrote the story “Rip Van Winkle.” He was born on April 3, 1783 and died in 1859. Irving is best recognized for his works “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This story was written when fiction writing was believed to be harmful to the public. In this story, Irving obliquely examined the importance of the American Revolution when the country was asserting itself against the European rule. “Rip Van Winkle” is about Rip’s memory of America differing with the actuality he faces…
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