The Novel in the News

By | August 23, 2010

The novel is newsworthy once again. Yes, despite the e-reading explosions of Kindles, ipad, Nooks and Crooks, the written word is alive and well (hopefully there were no author casualties either). This weekend a lovely review appeared in the Washington Post of Steven Moore's, "The Novel: An Alternative History," which traces the history of modern story telling from day one through 1600. Rumor has it that Steven Moore is hard at work on the second volume which covers 1600-1800, so finally we'll be getting to the good stuff: Cervantes, Goethe, Defoe, and Voltaire among others.

Here's an exerpt, but you can read the full review here:

'Steven Moore, a former managing editor of the Review of Contemporary Fiction, has attempted to trace the roots of the modern novel to the first stories told around campfires in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Moore's survey is splendidly comprehensive and shows a true passion for his subject. Ranging from those early ancestors to the classics of Asian fiction, from the love stories of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the philosophical fables of the Enlightenment, and well into our time, the book displays Moore's impressive knowledge of the world of make-believe. […] Moore tells his story with erudition and wit, and in doing so restores to the reader of good fiction confidence in the craft. Ultimately, Moore's book is less a genealogical history of the novel than a reader's treasure trove.' 

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