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The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture, 1880-1950$
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Elke D'hoker and Chris Mourant

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474461085

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474461085.001.0001

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The ‘wire-puller’: L. T. Meade, Atalanta and the Development of the Short Story

The ‘wire-puller’: L. T. Meade, Atalanta and the Development of the Short Story

(p.25) Chapter 1 The ‘wire-puller’: L. T. Meade, Atalanta and the Development of the Short Story
The Modern Short Story and Magazine Culture, 1880-1950

Whitney Standlee

Edinburgh University Press

Through a consideration of her career as both editor of Atalanta and a short story author regularly featured in the pages of numerous periodicals including the Strand, this chapter explores and assesses L. T. Meade’s position as both a promoter and innovator of the short story form in the period of its rise to popular prominence. The chapter argues that, by regularly featuring short complete works of fiction in Atalanta and through her methods of encouraging, inspiring and challenging her girl readers (who included Virginia Woolf, Evelyn J. Sharp and Angela Brazil) to become writers and modernisers of short fiction themselves, Meade was among the earliest and most important advocates of the female-authored short story as a potentially ground-breaking and inventive fictional genre.

Keywords:   Atalanta, L. T. Meade, Virginia Woolf, Evelyn J. Sharp, Clemence Housman, The Were-wolf, Girls’ magazine culture, short story

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