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novella definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a short novel [syn: novelette, novella]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural novellas or novelle) Etymology: Italian, from feminine of novello new, from Latin novellus Date: 1898 1. plural novelle a story with a compact and pointed plot 2. plural usually novellas a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel

Britannica Concise

Story with a compact and pointed plot, often realistic and satiric in tone. Originating in Italy during the Middle Ages, it was often based on local events; individual tales often were gathered into collections. The novella developed into a psychologically subtle and structured short tale, with writers often using a frame story to unify tales around a theme, as in G. Boccaccio's Decameron. The term is also used to describe a work of fiction intermediate in length and complexity between a short story and a novel. Examples include F. Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground, J. Conrad's Heart of Darkness, T. Mann's Death in Venice (1912), and H. James's The Aspern Papers.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. novellas) a short novel or narrative story; a tale. Etymology: It.: see NOVEL(1)

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(novellas) A novella is a short novel or a long short story. ...an autobiographical novella from French writer Marguerite Duras. N-COUNT




 


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