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- DescriptionThe 700-year history of the vel in English defies straightforward telling. Geographically and culturally boundless, with contributions from Great Britain, Ireland, America, Canada, Australia, India, the Caribbean, and Southern Africa; influenced by great velists working in other languages; and encompassing a range of genres, the story of the vel in English unfolds like a richly varied landscape that invites exploration rather than a linear journey. In <i>The Novel: A Biography, </i>Michael Schmidt does full justice to its complexity.</p>Like his hero Ford Madox Ford in <i>The March of Literature</i>, Schmidt chooses as his traveling companions t critics or theorists but artist practitioners, men and women who feel hot love for the books they admire, and fulminate against those they dislike. It is their insights Schmidt cares about. Quoting from the letters, diaries, reviews, and essays of velists and drawing on their biographies, Schmidt invites us into the creative dialogues between authors and between books, and suggests how these dialogues have shaped the development of the vel in English.</p>Schmidt believes there is something fundamentally subversive about art: he portrays the vel as a liberalizing force and a revolutionary stimulus. But whatever purpose the vel serves in a given era, a work endures t because of its subject, themes, political stance, or social aims but because of its language, its sheer invention, and its resistance to cliche--some irreducible quality that keeps readers coming back to its pages.</p>
- Author(s)Michael Schmidt
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication13/05/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe Belknap Press
- Weight1837 g
- Width174 mm
- Height263 mm
- Spine55 mm
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