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    E M Forster(Author)

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ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL is a unique attempt to examine the novel afresh, rejecting the traditional methods of classification by chronology or subject-matter.

Forster pares down the novel to its essential elements as he sees them: story, people, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern and rhythm. He illustrates each aspect with examples from their greatest exponents, not hesitating as he does so to pass controversial judgement on the works of, among others, Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens and Henry James.

Full of Forster's renowned wit and perceptiveness, ASPECTS OF THE NOVEL offers a rare insight into the art of fiction from one of our greatest novelists.

'His is a book to encourage dreaming.' Virginia Woolf

His is a book to encourage dreaming. (Virginia Woolf) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 204 pages
  • E M Forster(Author)
  • Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (21 Jan. 1993)
  • English
  • 9
  • Poetry, Drama & Criticism

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  • By gorki on 12 September 2017

    I wanted to underline all of this, so many beautifully phrased relativistic statements. For its time it is a light hearted and progressive piece of criticism or as he insists pseudo-criticism but in fact it's ( to borrow again, one of his categories) prophecy from the horse's mouth. Who like a novelist can define and elaborate functions of the novel. Which is not to say that everything is agreed or obvious. There's plenty of matter for debate/rumination but all is plainly put and enjoyable as composition.

  • By Dr. P. M. Stoneman on 22 May 2017

    I have loved this personal, shrewd and thoughtful trip through Eng Lit's novels since I was a student (nearly 60 years ago).

  • By Guest on 10 November 2015

    A must read and think about for any aspiring writer.

  • By jts on 28 March 2017

    To the aspiring novelist this work is as relevant today as it was in the 1920's when first published. I used it consistently when lecturing on Creative Writing in the USA in the late 1980's and found it to be a worm hole to a literary fourth dimension, where abides an endless seam of characters, storylines and plotting directions. Being the descendent of a military family who served in India through the 19th and early 20th Centuries, Forster's novel "A Passage to India" proves, to me at least, the magical presence of the storyteller in the bazaar, whilst "Aspects of the Novel" provides the literary blueprint for such an elegant creation.

  • By Maxamillion Manyrhymes on 18 April 2017

    Pellucid prose and complete clarity of purpose. Erudite and persuasive. An entertaining and illuminating read about the art and craft of writing fiction.


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