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Professor Michael Krasny, Ph.D.

Professor Michael Krasny
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of Wisconsin
Although short stories have been around throughout history in the form of myths, fables, and legends, the short story as a distinct art form arose only during the 19th century, just in time for the busy age we all live in.

Dr. Michael Krasny is Professor of English at San Francisco State University. He earned his M.A. from Ohio University, where he is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Professor Krasny has published a variety of fiction, literary criticism, and political commentary. He is the coauthor of Sound Ideas (McGraw-Hill) and author of Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life (Stanford University Press, 2007), which was on the San Francisco Chronicle and the Marin Independent Journal best-seller lists. Professor Krasny hosts KQED's award-winning Forum, a news and public affairs radio program. He is a veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures and worked for many years as host of one of ABC's highest-rated radio programs. He has worked as host of KQED's television programs This Week in Northern California and Civic Space and as substitute host for National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation. Professor Krasny received four Kudo Awards from American Women in Radio and Television and the National Public Radio Award from the American Publishers Association. He received two Emmy nominations for his television work.

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"Michael Krasney's presentation was entertaining and clear. His survey of short fiction was well planned and comprehensive."

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7 Courses and Sets

  1. Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Michael Krasny
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    More than a shorter version of a novel, the short story is a unique and rewarding literary form in itself. In Masterpieces of Short Fiction, esteemed scholar and educator Dr. Michael Krasny takes you into 23 renowned short stories from iconic writers like Edgar Allan Poe and Ernest Hemingway. You explore how tales such as "The Cask of Amontillado" and "The Killers" characterize the artistry and insight found in...
  2. Building Great Sentences: Expl Set

    Building Great Sentences: Expl

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $389.85 Starting at $389.85 $764.85 $389.85$764.85
    These three insightful courses will open your eyes and ears to the power of language and literature. Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft investigates the myriad ways we think about, talk about, and write sentences that have the power to captivate our attention and emotions. Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Literature's Most Fantastic Works explores strange tales of fantasy and science...
  3. (Set) Masterpieces of Short Fiction & The English Novel  Set

    (Set) Masterpieces of Short Fiction & The English Novel

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    The 24 illuminating lectures of Masterpieces of Short Fiction sample two centuries' worth of great short stories by some of the acknowledged masters of the genre, including Poe, Kafka, and Hemingway. The English Novel traces this powerful literary form from its beginnings in the 18th century (with Samuel Richardson's Pamela) to the work of Modernists such as James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.
  4. (Set) A Day's Read & Masterpieces of Short Fiction Set

    (Set) A Day's Read & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $449.90 $329.90$449.90
  5. (Set) Art of Reading & Masterpieces of Short Fiction  Set

    (Set) Art of Reading & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Make your future reading experiences more enriching and enjoyable with this two-course set on ways to read more insightfully as well as on a collection of powerful tales you can engage with in just one sitting. The Art of Reading brings together reading concepts and techniques that show you how to approach even the most daunting novel or short story with increased confidence. And Masterpieces of Short Fiction...
  6. (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & Masterpieces of Short Fiction  Set

    (Set) Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Gain astounding new insights into two corners of Western literature—American bestsellers and short fiction—with this revealing course set. Great American Bestsellers: The Books That Shaped America is a pointed tour of key best-selling works in the history of U.S. literature and what they reveal about our nation's culture at particular points in history. Masterpieces of Short Fiction takes you deep into...
  7. (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Masterpieces of Short Fiction  Set

    (Set) Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature & Masterpieces of Short Fiction

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90