Devoted to those practitioners of the art of short fiction, this new 2nd edition offers thorough coverage of approximately 375 authors and 400 of their works. In a single volume, Reference Guide to Short Fiction features often-studied authors from around the world and throughout history, all selected for inclusion by a board of experts in the field.Reference Guide to Short Fiction is divided into two sections for easy study. The first section profiles the authors and offers personal and career details, as well as complete bibliographical information. A signed essay helps readers understand more about the author. These authors are covered: -- Sandra Cisneros-- Nikolai Gogol-- Ernest Hemingway-- Langston Hughes-- Gabriel Garcia Marquez-- Salman Rushdie-- Jean-Paul Sartre-- Edith Somerville-- Eudora Welty-- And othersSection two helps readers gain deeper understanding of the authors and the genre with critical essays discussing 400 important works, including: -- "The Hitchiking Game", Milan Kundera-- "The Swimmer", John Cheever-- "The Dead", James Joyce-- "A Hunger Artist", Franz Kafka-- "How I Met My Husband", Alice Munro-- "Kew Gardens", Virginia WoolfThis one-stop guide also provides easy access to works through the title index.