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The Good of the Novel

(2011)
A non fiction book by

 
 
There remains at work - in both Britain and America - a group of literary journalists and academics committed to the evaluative criticism of fiction, to a criticism that approaches novels as novels.

The Good of the Novel is a collection of specially commissioned essays - edited by Ray Ryan and LIam McIlvanney - on the contemporary Anglophone novel. Bringing together some of the most strenuous and perceptive critics of the present moment and putting them in contact with some of the finest novels of the past three decades, it examines what the novel does and what kinds of truth the novel can tell. What is it that the novel knows? What is it about the language used in a novel that creates a world different from that of drama or poetry? And how does a particular novel emplify this?

These questions can be answered by the careful examination of particular great works by strong evaluative critics. Robert Macfarlane on Hollinghurst's The Line of Beauty; Tessa Hadley examining Coetzee's Disgrace; and Ian Sansom on Roth's American Pastoral - just some of the essays that are to be found in this insightful, intelligent and illuminating book.



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August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Good of the Novel
Author(s): Liam McIlvanney, Ray Ryan
ISBN: 1-4411-8287-X / 978-1-4411-8287-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Continuum
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April 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Good of the Novel
Author(s): Liam McIlvanney, Ray Ryan
ISBN: 0-571-23086-5 / 978-0-571-23086-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Good of the Novel
Author(s): Liam McIlvanney, Ray Ryan
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September 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Good of the Novel
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April 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Good of the Novel
Author(s): Liam McIlvanney, Ray Ryan
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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