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The Novel: A Biography

Michael Schmidt

The story of the novel in English unfolds like a richly varied landscape that invites exploration rather than a linear journey.In The Novel: A Biography, "Michael Schmidt does full justice to its complexity.

Like his hero Ford Madox Ford in The March of Literature," Schmidt chooses as his traveling companions not critics or theorists but "artist practitioners," men and women who feel "hot love" for the books they admire, and fulminate against those they dislike. It is their insights Schmidt cares about. Quoting from the letters, diaries, reviews, and essays of novelists and drawing on their biographies, Schmidt invites us into the creative dialogues between authors and between books, and suggests how these dialogues have shaped the development of the novel in English.

Genre
Non-fictionReading & Writing Practice
Publishing Details:
Harvard University Press, 2014
ISBN:
978-0674724730

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