In trying to decide how to approach this challenge, I arranged the books every which way (the thrill of organization!) before deciding on chronological order, based on the authors' birth dates. I am hoping that (in addition to exposure to some amazing classic authors) I'll be able to pick up on some patterns in literature before the modern era.
- The oldest story's author was born in 1547 (Cervantes), and the most recent in 1896 (F.Scott Fitzgerald)
- 10 novellas (about 24%) were written by authors born before 1800
- 6 novellas (about 14%) boast female authors
- What countries they're from:
- - 11 from America (26%) (2 by Herman Melville, 2 by Henry James)
- - 9 from Russia (21.5%) (2 by Leo Tolstoy, 2 by Anton Chekhov)
- - 6 from England (14%)
- - 4 from France (10%)
- - 2 from Scotland (5%)
- - 2 from Poland (5%) (both by Joseph Conrad)
- - 2 from Germany (5%) (both by Heinrich Von Kleist)
- - 1 each from 6 other European countries (14%) (Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Austria, Ireland)
- The largest book (The Duel, Kuprin) weighs in at a hefty 306 pages, and the smallest book (The Duel, Heinrich Von Kleist) is a mere 51 pages. Most are in the 100-150 page range.
About the Series: (via Melville House)
"Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In THE ART OF THE NOVELLA series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time."
I've added a list of the books ( in the order I'll be reading them) to my sidebar, and I'm hoping to be able to keep up with posting about each book individually. For the record, all book details and author information included in these posts will be from Melville House Publishing unless otherwise indicated. Author photos are from Goodreads.
42 novellas. 31 days. Let the fun begin!