The Theory of the Novel  

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The Theory of the Novel (1916) by György Lukács is a work of literary theory and theory of genre. The book is a history of the novel as a form, an investigation into its distinct characteristics and a defense of literary realism.

Lukács later repudiated The Theory of the Novel, writing a lengthy introduction that described it as erroneous, but nonetheless containing a "romantic anti-capitalism" which would later develop into Marxism. (This introduction also contains his famous dismissal of Theodor Adorno and others in Western Marxism as having taken up residence in the "Grand Hotel Abyss".)




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