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is a relatively long work of novel narrative fiction, typically written in prose and published as a book. The present English word for a long work of prose fiction derives from the Italian: novella for "new", "news", or "short story of something new", itself from the Latin: novella, a singular noun use of the neuter plural of novellus, diminutive of novus, meaning "new". Some novelists, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Ann Radcliffe, John Cowper Powys, preferred the term "romance" to describe their novels.
Margaret Doody, the novel has "a continuous and comprehensive history of about two thousand years", with its origins in the Ancient Greek and Roman novel, in Chivalric romance, and in the tradition of the Italian renaissance novella. The ancient romance form was revived by Romanticism, especially the historical romances of Walter Scott and the Gothic novel. Some, including M. H. Abrams and Walter Scott, have argued that a novel is a fiction narrative that displays a realistic depiction of the state of a society, while the romance encompasses any fictitious narrative that emphasizes marvellous or uncommon incidents.
Works of fiction that include marvellous or uncommon incidents are also novels, including
, The Lord of the Rings , and To Kill a Mockingbird . "Romances" are works of fiction whose main emphasis is on marvellous or unusual incidents, and should not be confused with the Frankenstein romance novel, a type of genre fiction that focuses on romantic love. ( )
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Incredulity doesn't kill curiosity; it encourages it. Though distrustful of logical chains of ideas, I loved the polyphony of ideas. As long as you don't believe in them, the collision of two ideas -- both false -- can create a pleasing interval, a kind of diabolus in musica. I had no respect for some ideas people were willing to stake their lives on, but two or three ideas that I did not respect might still make a nice melody. Or have a good beat, and if it was jazz, all the better.
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Melusine looked back to the market of manuscripts. (from )
1474: The customer in the copyist's shop with a book he wants to have copied. This illustration of the first printed German
King Kong (1932) novelization of King Kong (1933) (from
Robinson Crusoe (from )
1719 newspaper reprint of
The Court and City Vagaries (1711). (from )
Intimate short stories:
, which he published sometime in the 2nd century CE. (ms. Vat. Lat. 2194, Apuleius Vatican Library) (1345 illustration). (from )
One of the first and most influential pre-modern picaresque novels was the Golden Ass of
Voltaire's The Extraordinary Tragical Fate of Calas, showing a man being tortured on a breaking wheel, late 18th century (from )
Chapbook frontispiece of
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