Formalization of Novel Nomenclature

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2017-10-12

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Imprecise usage of “Novel” as genre label until late 18th century. Argument exists that authors/booksellers responded to market tastes with labels. The reviewers avoiding terms like ‘Memoirs’ and ‘History’ for ‘Novel’ or ‘Letters’, relative to the authors or booksellers, highlights the different motivations from a marketing or critical perspective.

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