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Background to the Rise of the Novel: Backdrop, the Four Giants



  • The art of story-telling with which the novel is concerned, dates back to the days of oral culture when tales were told in verse by bards or professional story tellers.
  • The tales were carried across countries by the wandering singer who improvised to let in local and topical elements.
  • The replacement of verse by prose, of early romance and allegory by attempting to faithfully mirror character and society, is a significant step in the development of the novel.
  • The introduction of the printing press by Caxton was a great step in the circulation of tales. Malory՚s Le Morted Arthur, one of the first publications from Caxton՚s press…

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