Aspects of the Novel

Paperback | August 17, 1956

byE.M. Forster

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Forsters lively, informed originality and wit have made this book a classic. Avoiding the chronological approach of what he calls pseudoscholarship, he freely examines aspects all English-language novels have in common: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. Index.

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Perfect for both aspiring writers and students of literature, this book sets out the principal ingredients for a novel, and is written by one of the acknowledged masters of the art. E.M. Forster, the author of Howard's End and A Room With a View sets out his philosophy of literature, and discusses specific aspects of plot and character...

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Forsters lively, informed originality and wit have made this book a classic. Avoiding the chronological approach of what he calls pseudoscholarship, he freely examines aspects all English-language novels have in common: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. Index.

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The wit and lively, informed originality Forster employs in his study of the novel has made this book a classic. Deliberately avoiding the chronological development approach of what he classifies 'pseudosholarship, ' the author freely examines aspects all English-language novels have in common.

A graceful writer with a keen eye for the bittersweetness bound in differences of class and culture, E. M. Forster had an abbreviated but remarkably successful career as a novelist and established himself as one of England's most insightful 20th-century writers. Edward Morgan Forster was born in London in 1879, attended Tonbridge Scho...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:August 17, 1956Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0156091801

ISBN - 13:9780156091800

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Perfect for both aspiring writers and students of literature, this book sets out the principal ingredients for a novel, and is written by one of the acknowledged masters of the art. E.M. Forster, the author of Howard's End and A Room With a View sets out his philosophy of literature, and discusses specific aspects of plot and characterization. While doing so, he always advances his central thesis: that the great preoccupation of all writers should be the wiles of the human heart. Collected from Forster's lifetime of lectures, Aspects of the Novel is witty and lively throughout, and is a defining classic in its field.

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Collection of literary lectures by E.M. Forster, published in 1927. For the purposes of his study, Forster defines the novel as "any fictitious prose work over 50,000 words." The seven aspects offered for discussion are the story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. The author compares the form and texture of the novel to those of a symphony. As for subject, he expects the work "to reveal the hidden life at its source." Human nature, he concludes, is the novelist's necessary preoccupation.