The Story of the Novel

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The novel is the most abundant literary form since the eighteenth century, and this is its first history as a literary species. Now in a new edition, The Story of the Novel traces its progress through memoir-novels, letter-novels and eventually with Henry Fielding and Jane Austen, novels in the third person ? dialogue, titles, beginnings and endings, and mottoes, ? and themes such as sex, politics, rank, and physical objects, as well as manuscripts and other evidences of how novelists write. Instances are drawn from English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and the book ends with a glossary of European terms, and an apology for fiction, defending its claim to describe the real. Novels are a kind of knowledge; we need them and feel we need them, to know the world and to live in it. 'A splendid, stimulating and useful book.' John Carey George Watson is a Fellow in English at St John?s College, Cambridge, and the author of studies in political literature and critical history. He is the general editor of the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, and the author of 'Never Ones for Theory?', Take Back the Past', The English Ideology' and 'The Lost Literature of Scoialism'.

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Author(s) - George Watson

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ISBN - 9780718830946

Dimensions - 23.4 x 15.6 x 0.9 cm

Page Count - 178

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