Charles A. Johanningsmeier is a professor of English and Isaacson Chair at the University of Nebraska Omaha. As a print historian, his chief research interests have involved assessing how readers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries interacted with fiction texts published in various periodicals by authors such as Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Sui Sin Far, Sarah Orne Jewett, Charles Chesnutt, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Henry James, and Willa Cather.
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This fresh, diverse anthology of American short fiction challenges readers to interrogate commonly held ideas about the genres of realism and naturalism. Little-known writers and crucial voices from underrepresented groups join stalwarts such as Stephen Crane, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Mark Twain to offer a more inclusive perspective on American history and culture from the Civil War through World War I.