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Its Own Way

April 9, 2011


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The Novel, that most accessible, democratic of literary forms, must establish its contract with its reader. It may be helped or hindered by all sorts of extraneous influences: cover design, encrustations of quotation from admiring reviewers, and the like. But it must also make its own way in the world.

-John Mullan, How Novels Work

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2011 6:11 am

    Love that photo!

  2. April 9, 2011 10:23 am

    Yes, indeed novels need to make their own way in the world!
    The quote intrigued my so much that I immediately reserved this book from the library. I want to find out what else he says about novels.

  3. April 11, 2011 8:51 pm

    great quote and I love that photo. Are you enjoying that book? I have it on my list somewhere…

  4. April 13, 2011 9:45 am

    Thank you for posting this! I love the image and the quote.

  5. April 14, 2011 8:14 am

    What a lovely quote!

  6. April 16, 2011 6:09 am

    Fabulous quote and I love the picture you’ve chosen for it too. :D

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