In German, translation: American master narratives. From Irving to Crane American master narratives. From Irving to Crane The American short story developed in the 19th Century will become a literary form whose influence and fascination continues unabated to this day. With compelling stories of over 20 major authors, including Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, O. Henry and Stephen Crane, invites this band to be entertained by the living area and the ingenuity of the stories and charm leave. Brief portraits of the authors are preceded by the stories of each and give suggestions for further reading enjoyment.