This annotated bibliography brings together most of the criticism on the important European writers of short fiction. These writers have attempted to master the short story, and, as a result, to generate more interest in this frequently neglected form. By scanning the annotations, one can get an idea of the themes and techniques most commonly used by European short story writers and thus discover areas of research not previously explored by critics. One can also determine which writers and stories have been most neglected by critics and which are most in need of further analysis and study. A number of general sources follow the informative introduction. This general section includes entries under the headings 'General Biographical and Critical Studies' followed by entries keyed to specific short stories, listed in alphabetical order.
Charles E. May received his Ph.D. from Ohio University in English. He is the author of numerous articles and reviews and is the editor of Short Story Theories (Ohio University Press). Currently he is Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach.