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What it is

What it is


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WHAT IS A NOVEL?

MY answer can only be a statement of opinion, which I make with much deference to the prejudices of my brethren. Whether it will be of interest to general readers I do not know; but the question I propose is in itself more or less vital as regards novel-writing. No one will deny that truism. Before going to work it is important to know what one means to do. I pretend, however, to no special gift for solving problems in general or this one in particular. To give " the result of one's experience," as the common 5

phrase puts it, is by no means so easy as it sounds. An intelligent man mostly knows what he means by his own words, but it does not follow that he can convey that meaning to others. Almost all discussion and much misunderstanding may fairly be said to be based upon the difference between the definitions of common terms as understood by the two parties. In the exact sciences there is no such thing as discussion; there is the theorem and its demonstration, there is the problem and its solution, from which solution and demonstration there is no appeal. That is because, in mathematics, every word is defined before it is used and is almost meaningless until it has been defined.

It has been remarked by a very great authority concerning the affairs of men that " of making many books there is no end," and to judge from appearances the statement is even more true to-day than when it was first made. Especially of making novels there is no end, in these times of latter-day literature. No doubt many wise and good persons and many excellent critics devoutly wish that there might be ; but they are not at present strong enough to stand against us, the army of fiction-makers, because we are many, and most of us do not know how to do anything else, and have grown grey in doing this particular kind of work, and are dependent upon it for bread as well as butter; and lastly and chiefly, be-

cause we are heavily backed, as a body, by the capital of the publisher, of which we desire to obtain for ourselves as much as possible. Therefore novels will continue to be written, perhaps for a long time to come. There is a demand for them and there is profit in producing them. Who shall prevent us, authors and publishers, from continuing the production and supplying the demand ?

This brings with it a first answer to the question, ''What is a novel?" A novel is a marketable commodity, of the class collectively termed " luxuries," as not contributing directly to the support of life or the maintenance of health. It is of the class " artistic luxuries" because it does not appeal

to any of the three material senses - touch, taste, smell; and it is of the class "intellectual artistic luxuries," because it is not judged by the superior senses - sight and hearing. The novel, therefore, is an intellectual artistic luxury - a definition which can be made to include a good deal, but which is, in reaUty, a closer one than it appears to be at first sight. No one, I think, will deny that it covers the three principal essentials of the novel as it should be, of a story or romance, which in itself and in the manner of telling it shall appeal to the intellect, shall satisfy the requirements of art, and shall be a luxury, in that it can be of no use to a man when he is at work, but may conduce to peace of mind and delecta-

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tion during his hours of idleness. The point upon which people differ is the artistic one, and the fact that such differences of opinion exist makes it possible that two writers as widely separated as Mr. Henry James and Mr. Rider Haggard, for instance, find appreciative readers in the same year of the same century - a fact which the literary history of the future will find it hard to explain.

 
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September 2015 : Hardback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion 1854-1909 Crawford
ISBN: 1-342-09231-7 / 978-1-342-09231-1
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March 2014 : USA Hardback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
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ISBN: 1-4941-6374-8 / 978-1-4941-6374-7 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-163-35305-1 / 978-1-163-35305-9 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The novel: What it is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-115-07493-8 / 978-1-115-07493-3 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The novel: What it is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-115-07495-4 / 978-1-115-07495-7 (USA edition)
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July 2007 : USA Hardback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 0-548-04203-9 / 978-0-548-04203-8 (USA edition)
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June 1993 : USA Hardback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 0-7812-2562-0 / 978-0-7812-2562-5 (USA edition)
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May 1971 : USA Hardback
Title: The Novel: What is it
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 0-8371-2924-9 / 978-0-8371-2924-2 (USA edition)
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June 1966 : USA Hardback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 0-8398-0280-3 / 978-0-8398-0280-8 (USA edition)
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January 1893 : USA Hardback
Title: The novel : what it is /
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 0-7426-4251-8 / 978-0-7426-4251-5 (USA edition)
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4068-7334-9 / 978-1-4068-7334-4 (UK edition)
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February 2016 : Paperback
Title: The Novel What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-5238-2078-0 / 978-1-5238-2078-8
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June 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-330-57525-3 / 978-1-330-57525-3 (UK edition)
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March 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4979-5121-6 / 978-1-4979-5121-1 (USA edition)
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October 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Novel: What It Is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-289-91690-X / 978-1-289-91690-9 (USA edition)
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Novel: What It Is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-287-40617-3 / 978-1-287-40617-4 (USA edition)
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April 2013 : Paperback
Title: The Novel What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 551871145X / 978-5518711457
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion (Francis Marion) Crawford
ISBN: 1-290-96367-3 / 978-1-290-96367-1 (UK edition)
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September 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The novel: what it is
Author(s): F Marion 1854-1909 Crawford
ISBN: 1-179-51935-3 / 978-1-179-51935-7 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-162-74417-0 / 978-1-162-74417-9 (USA edition)
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-143-36470-8 / 978-1-143-36470-9 (USA edition)
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January 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-141-55424-0 / 978-1-141-55424-9 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The novel: What it is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-115-07491-1 / 978-1-115-07491-9 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The novel: What it is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-115-07489-X / 978-1-115-07489-6 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The novel: What it is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-115-07485-7 / 978-1-115-07485-8 (USA edition)
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September 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: The novel: What it is
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-115-07488-1 / 978-1-115-07488-9 (USA edition)
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December 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4179-5880-4 / 978-1-4179-5880-1 (USA edition)
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June 1966 : USA Paperback
Title: The Novel: What It Is
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 0-89197-869-0 / 978-0-89197-869-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Irvington Pub
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April 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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