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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 6: The American Novel 1879-1940$
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Priscilla Wald and Michael A. Elliott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780195385342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195385342.001.0001

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Serial Fiction and the Novel

Serial Fiction and the Novel

(p.289) 18 Serial Fiction and the Novel
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Jared Gardner

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the publication of American novels as serial fiction in magazines, newspapers, and story-papers from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. After providing a background on the history of serial novels, the chapter looks at examples of canonical novels that began as serials in periodicals, including Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady, William Dean Howells's A Modern Instance, Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson, and Sarah Orne Jewett's Country of Pointed Firs. It then examines how the serial novel was shaped by its serialization both in terms of its production and its reception. Finally, it considers the reasons for the decline of the serial novel.

Keywords:   serial fiction, magazines, newspapers, story-papers, serial novel, periodicals, serialization, The Portrait of a Lady, A Modern Instance, serials

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