Great Novels

The World's Most Remarkable Fiction Explored and Explained

Author DK
Hardcover
$35.00 US
9.56"W x 11.38"H x 0.83"D  
On sale Oct 25, 2022 | 256 Pages | 978-0-7440-6008-9
Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the world's greatest novels.

From medieval romances and tales of chivalry found in the realist novels of the 19th century, to experimental modernist works and today's explorations of the self, Great Novels explores the finest novels from around the world and through time.

Tilt at windmills with Don Quixote, experience heartbreak with Tolstoy, discover the society in which Jane Austen lived, and delve into the complex rites of passage experienced by characters in modern novels. Find out what inspired writers to create their masterpieces, what their aims were, and how they set about writing them.

Dive deep into the pages of this inspiring book to discover:

- Paintings, photographs, and artefacts that tell  the story of each novel and what inspired their authors
- Superb images of first editions and manuscripts
- The flavor of each novel through quotations and extended extracts 
- "Character maps" showing how characters relate to each other

 Covering the whole range of literary styles, Great Novels takes you into the pages of the world's seminal novels, ranging from the entertaining adventures of Cervantes' errant knight through to classics such as Great Expectations and Madame Bovary, to modern novels such as To the Lighthouse, The Outsider, Beloved, and Wolf Hall.

Stunning images of the original manuscripts, first editions, and authors are complemented by extracts and quotations, while illustrated features set the novels in their literary and historical context. Essential for people of all ages who love books, Great Novels provides a fascinating overview of how the novel has developed through the ages and celebrates the perennial pleasures of reading.
We believe in the power of discovery. That's why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in.
 
From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books. 

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Chapter 1
Before 1800

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji
Wu Cheng'en, Journey to the West
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Samuel Richardson, Pamela
Voltaire, Candide
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses


Chapter 2
1800-1870

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein 
Stendhal, The Red and the Black
Honoré de Balzac, Le Père Goriot
Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment


Chapter 3
1870-1920

George Eliot, Middlemarch 
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina 
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady 
Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
Émile Zola, Germinal 
Benito Pérez Galdós, Fortunata and Jacinta 
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles 
Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks 
D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers 
Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way


Chapter 4
1920-1950

Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence 
James Joyce, Ulysses 
Švejk Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 
Franz Kafka, The Trial 
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises 
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse 
Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz 
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury 
Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities 
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God 
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath 
Albert Camus, The Stranger 
Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country 
George Orwell, 1984 


Chapter 5
1950-1980

J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain 
Jack Kerouac, On the Road 
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard 
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart 
Günter Grass, The Tin Drum 
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Joseph Heller, Catch-22 
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Kenzaburō Ōe, A Personal Matter
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint
Elsa Morante, History


Chapter 6
1980-Present

J.M.G. Le Clézio, Desert
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children 
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
José Saramago, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Toni Morrison, Beloved 
Mo Yan, Red Sorghum 
Javier Marías, A Heart So White 
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle 
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things 
Michel Houellebecq, Atomised
J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz 
Orhan Pamuk, Snow 
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go 
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Karl Ove Knausgård, A Death in the Family 
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall 
Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend 
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 

Index 
Acknowledgements
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About

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the world's greatest novels.

From medieval romances and tales of chivalry found in the realist novels of the 19th century, to experimental modernist works and today's explorations of the self, Great Novels explores the finest novels from around the world and through time.

Tilt at windmills with Don Quixote, experience heartbreak with Tolstoy, discover the society in which Jane Austen lived, and delve into the complex rites of passage experienced by characters in modern novels. Find out what inspired writers to create their masterpieces, what their aims were, and how they set about writing them.

Dive deep into the pages of this inspiring book to discover:

- Paintings, photographs, and artefacts that tell  the story of each novel and what inspired their authors
- Superb images of first editions and manuscripts
- The flavor of each novel through quotations and extended extracts 
- "Character maps" showing how characters relate to each other

 Covering the whole range of literary styles, Great Novels takes you into the pages of the world's seminal novels, ranging from the entertaining adventures of Cervantes' errant knight through to classics such as Great Expectations and Madame Bovary, to modern novels such as To the Lighthouse, The Outsider, Beloved, and Wolf Hall.

Stunning images of the original manuscripts, first editions, and authors are complemented by extracts and quotations, while illustrated features set the novels in their literary and historical context. Essential for people of all ages who love books, Great Novels provides a fascinating overview of how the novel has developed through the ages and celebrates the perennial pleasures of reading.

Author

We believe in the power of discovery. That's why we create books for everyone that explore ideas and nurture curiosity about the world we live in.
 
From first words to the Big Bang, from the wonders of nature to city adventures, you will find expert knowledge, hours of fun and endless inspiration in the pages of our books. 

https://www.dk.com/ View titles by DK

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Before 1800

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji
Wu Cheng'en, Journey to the West
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Samuel Richardson, Pamela
Voltaire, Candide
Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses


Chapter 2
1800-1870

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein 
Stendhal, The Red and the Black
Honoré de Balzac, Le Père Goriot
Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment


Chapter 3
1870-1920

George Eliot, Middlemarch 
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina 
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady 
Mark Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
Émile Zola, Germinal 
Benito Pérez Galdós, Fortunata and Jacinta 
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles 
Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks 
D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers 
Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way


Chapter 4
1920-1950

Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence 
James Joyce, Ulysses 
Švejk Jaroslav Hašek, The Good Soldier
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby 
Franz Kafka, The Trial 
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises 
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse 
Alfred Döblin, Berlin Alexanderplatz 
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury 
Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities 
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God 
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath 
Albert Camus, The Stranger 
Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country 
George Orwell, 1984 


Chapter 5
1950-1980

J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain 
Jack Kerouac, On the Road 
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard 
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart 
Günter Grass, The Tin Drum 
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Joseph Heller, Catch-22 
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 
Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Kenzaburō Ōe, A Personal Matter
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
Philip Roth, Portnoy’s Complaint
Elsa Morante, History


Chapter 6
1980-Present

J.M.G. Le Clézio, Desert
Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children 
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
José Saramago, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
Toni Morrison, Beloved 
Mo Yan, Red Sorghum 
Javier Marías, A Heart So White 
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle 
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things 
Michel Houellebecq, Atomised
J. M. Coetzee, Disgrace
W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz 
Orhan Pamuk, Snow 
Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go 
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Karl Ove Knausgård, A Death in the Family 
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall 
Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend 
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad 

Index 
Acknowledgements

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