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The True Story of the Novel

(2017)
A non fiction book by

 
 
A revolutionary, entertaining and readable rewriting of the history of the novel.

This edition does not include illustrations.

Margaret Anne Doody challenges the conventional view of the novel, arguing that instead of being an English invention (that is the received wisdom taught in schools and colleges), it is an older, more cosmopolitan creation which emerged from the ancient cultures of Africa, Asia and Europe.

Novels have existed since ancient times - many major works in Greek, Latin, Chinese and Japanese are disclosed and discussed here. Their themes, techniques and styles are analysed and echoes found for modern fiction.

An important book - this is the beginning of the twenty-first century's understanding of the history of literature.

In a book that thrills like a detective novel, Doody writes prose free of jargon; she is clear, stimulating and entertaining.

    

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Hardback Editions

February 1997 : UK Hardback
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Title: The True Story of the Novel
Author(s): Margaret Anne Doody
ISBN: 0-00-255802-5 / 978-0-00-255802-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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April 1996 : USA Hardback
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Title: The True Story of the Novel
Author(s): Margaret Anne Doody
ISBN: 0-8135-2168-8 / 978-0-8135-2168-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
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Paperback Editions

December 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: The True Story of the Novel
Author(s): Margaret Anne Doody
ISBN: 0-00-686379-5 / 978-0-00-686379-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fontana Press
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November 1997 : USA Paperback
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Title: The True Story of the Novel
Author(s): Margaret Anne Doody
ISBN: 0-8135-2453-9 / 978-0-8135-2453-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The True Story of the Novel (Text Only)
Author(s): Margaret Anne Doody
Publisher: Fontana Press
Availability: Amazon UK