Anthony Burgess’s book-length study of the novel as an artform. Burgess takes the reader on a global tour of fiction from the earliest times to the late 20th century. His introduction to the subject is global in its scope, and the discussion includes novels in a number of world languages, including Chinese and Japanese.
The unpublished typescript of this book was discovered among Anthony Burgess’s papers his house in Bracciano, Italy, where he lived and worked in the 1970s. The house and its contents were undisturbed for more than 25 years until Liana Burgess (Anthony’s widow) decided to dispose of the property in 2003 and transferred the extensive archive to the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester.
In this first complete publication of On the Novel, the text appears for the first time, exactly as Burgess wrote it.
Author: Anthony Burgess
Literature | Literary studies | Literary theory
Book: Paperback | 126 pages
Main sections: Introduction | Elements of the Novel | Uses of the Novel | Style | Types of Novel | Cultural Development: Characteristics of the Novel of Specific Nations or Languages | Social and Economic Aspects of the Novel | The Future of the Novel | Evaluation and Study | Bibliography