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Meeter, Glenn

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of English


This thesis is a compilation of six short stories, all of which were written within the last two to two-and-a-half years. The purpose of this thesis was to bring my best material together in one collection (with the hope of future publication), and to demonstrate a variety of narrative and storytelling techniques. Each story has undergone multiple revisions since its original composition, both in and out of creative writing courses. With the exception of “El Muerte Negro,” every story in this collection was written for a creative writing course. The stories are united thematically in that, in each, the protagonist must somehow break away from his past and the things within it, whether willingly or not; while the means to that end may either be humorous or tragic, the objective remains the same.


vii, 93 pages




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