"'I set out to write this book without an overarching theory of the novel,' Schmidt admits. 'I had no point to prove.' He does, however, prove his wide-ranging reading tastes, his ability to weave a colorful literary tapestry and his conviction that the novel is irrepressible."
Writers, reading, invigorate the novel. That is both the theme and plot of Schmidt's (Poetry/Glasgow Univ.; The Stories of My Life
, 2013, etc.) encyclopedic compendium tracing the novel over 700 years.
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