The Short Story, London & New York, Methuen, 1977 (and several reprints)
Translations into Greek, Chinese, Korean, Bahasa Malay and Farsi/Persian
A facsimile edition issued by Routledge in 2017 in e-book and hardback formats
“Reid’s monograph is both intelligent and thought-provoking and his writing lucid and graceful… His emphasis is on the need to go beyond rigid categories or facile explanations if we are ever to understand the essential generic characteristics of the short story.” – Mary Rohrberger, in Modern Fiction Studies.
“[Its] qualities are clarity and a willingness to confront the hazards of definition with a minimum of polemic… He offers a succinct survey of antecedents of the short story and some useful distinctions between the short story and associated forms … makes judicious use of both European and Anglo-American criticism.” – Norman Friedman, in Studies in Short Fiction.
“Ian Reid’s little book of history and definition draws the lines for future study of the genre…. Coming out of linguistics and heading into discourse analysis, this book can lead us into a whole new arena for genre studies.” – Susan Lohafer, in Short Story Theory at a Crossroads.
“The last chapter is particularly brilliant, explaining succinctly and methodically how pointless and futile any attempt at characterizing the essential qualities of the short story as a genre is. Extremely clear and with well-chosen examples. Critical when it needs to be and always with proper argumentation.” – Goodreads