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Novel novels

Welcome to this, The Muse Of Language Arts feature called Novel Novels. Here The Muse explores the structure of several new forms of the novel invented in the twentieth century by extraordinarily creative and original authors. They illustrate that fictional prose narrative literary forms are still fresh, alive, and living after thousands of years of development. Undoubtedly, new forms are emerging even as you read this.

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A novel is a fictitious prose narrative (i.e., a concocted story or imaginary account) of considerable length and complexity portraying characters and usually presenting a sequential organization of actions and scenes.

The novel novel is a long prose narrative that usually describes fictional characters and events in the form of a sequential story. The novel is a literary form that has its roots in the fields of medieval and early modern romance, and in the tradition of the novella. The novella, an Italian word used to describe short stories, is the 18th century source of the present generic English term novel.

Novel writing is one of the most creative kinds of writing in the world; sadly, it has also proved to be one of the most trashy forms of writing. Good and bad novels were written during the earliest periods in the life of the novel; many creative and uncreative ones were produced in the 20th century; and more are being produced in the 21st century.

The public considers the novel to be a stable literary form that has experienced little change in modern times. But literati immersed in the subject realize that the novel's form and substance have evolved continuously since it was invented, and are evolving even now.

The purpose of this feature is to explore a few of the ways novels have changed in the hands of a few highly creative novelists and the forces that have impelled their change. Hence the title Novel Novels.

When this feature is complete, the forces behind the evolution of the modern novel will be demonstrated by a few cogent examples.


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