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ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL
     

ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL

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by E. M. Forster
 

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A highly original and intelligent investigation of the novel from celebrated writer and “gentle genius” E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster’s renowned guide to writing sparkles with wit and insight for contemporary writers and readers. With lively language and excerpts from well-known classics, Forster takes on the seven elements vital to a

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A highly original and intelligent investigation of the novel from celebrated writer and “gentle genius” E. M. Forster

E. M. Forster’s renowned guide to writing sparkles with wit and insight for contemporary writers and readers. With lively language and excerpts from well-known classics, Forster takes on the seven elements vital to a novel: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. He not only defines and explains such terms as “round” versus “flat” characters (and why both are needed for an effective novel), but also provides examples of writing from such literary greats as Dickens and Austen. Forster's original commentary illuminates and entertains without lapsing into complicated, scholarly rhetoric, coming together in a key volume on writing that avoids chronology and what he calls “pseudoscholarship.”

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 02/01/2016
Forster (A Passage to India) delivered a series of lectures on the art of the novel at the University of Cambridge, with titles such as "People," "The Plot," and "The Story." His plainspoken approach reduces the novel to its essential elements in a work that has remained relevant.
Theodore Spencer
Mr. Forster's volume is more than a discussion of a literary form, it is a discussion of experience, of life, an admirable and delightful reflection of a mind that has recognized it's own affinity with Erasmus and Montaigne.
New York Times Book Review
Jacques Barzun
We discover, under [Forster's] casual and wittily acute guidance, many things about the literary magic which transmutes the dull stuff of He—said and She—said into characters, stories, and intimations of truth.
Harper's Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156091800
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1956
Series:
Abinger Edition of E. M. Forster Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
231,796
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

Born in London in 1879, E. M. Forster is the author of six novels: Where Angels Fear to Tread, The Longest Journey, A Room with a View, Howard’s End, A Passage to India, and Maurice, the last published posthumously. He also wrote a number short stories, in addition to criticism and essays. His books have been adapted into several popular movies. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 13 separate years. He died in 1970.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 1, 1879
Date of Death:
June 7, 1970
Place of Birth:
London
Place of Death:
Coventry, England
Education:
B. A. in classics, King's College, Cambridge, 1900; B. A. in history, 1901; M.A., 1910

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Aspects of the Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster, addresses both readers and aspiring writers--and gives example after example of literary masterpieces and offers techniques for writing more attentively, for noticing and thrilling in the language on the page. It comes from the wisdom of a seasoned teachers of literature, longtime journalists and host of other collected articles, and the author of fourteen works of fiction. E.M. Forster has a guarded enthusiasm for MFA programs the book, in part, is a criticism of where some of the MFA program culture has gone astray, as if some writing workshops have become unmoored from the literary masterpieces that inspired them. If I had to really characterize the book I'd say it's about the pleasure of learning to write..................Hattely
Anonymous More than 1 year ago