Friday, September 5, 2008

The Neglected Novella

I've added a list of some of the best "psychological" novellas or short novels (in my opinion). The novella is defined in various ways, but I've chosen works between 50 and 150 pages in length. This genre sometimes seems lost between the better known and populated realms of the short story and novel, but in my experience the novella often seems "just right" in both depth and focus. Its length is adequate for a deep portrayal of character, but it must avoid the various digressions that characterize the novel. Perhaps not coincidentally, the amount of time it takes to read a novella is on par with that needed to see a play or a movie. I've started with some fairly obvious ones and will add more as they occur to me.

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