Perhaps the most famous literary drowning of them all, immortalised in Millais’ painting, though the effect is somewhat dampened – if you’ll forgive the pun – when you realise poor Lizzie Siddal modelled for it in a cold bath. But the pity and beauty of Shakespeare’s poetry can withstand even that Pre-Raphaelite passing-off: “Her clothes spread wide; And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up … but long it could not be Till that her garments, heavy with their drink, Pull’d the poor wretch … To muddy death.”
In recent decades the traditional outlets for individual short stories have dwindled, with literary magazines closing or shrinking. But the Internet has created an insatiable maw to feed.
Leslie Kaufmann: A Good Fit for Today’s Little Screens: Short Stories, in: nytimes.com, 2013-02-15.