English, Department of


First Advisor

Jonis Agee

Second Advisor

Timothy Schaffert

Third Advisor

Stacey Waite

Date of this Version

Spring 5-31-2017


Short, Jeffery K. Critique of History's Best Wishes. 2017.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Jonis Agee. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2017

Copyright (c) 2017 Jeffery Keene Short


This is a critical, reflective analysis of a work of fiction by the author Keene Short, as a means to assess and analyze the artistic and creative development of the project as a whole. The creative work is collection of nine historical fiction short stories, some connected by characters and others standing alone in the collection. The analysis actively explores and engages with several facets relevant to the author’s creative goals, including theory, influences, background, motive, form, genre, and content. The analysis is divided into a summary, critique, and sample of one story from the collection, History’s Best Wishes.

Advisor: Jonis Agee

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