Frances’ Wonderful Idea: The Art of The Novella

Did you see what Frances is planning to do? She is “going to attempt to read all 42 volumes in the Art of the Novella series from Melville House and blog about the experience” as she goes. “For no other reasons than the books are incredible and I just want to see if I can do it.”
Sounds like reason enough to me.
Plus, did you see the titles?
You can read more about the Challenge, and Frances’ idea, on the Melville House Publisher’s site here, but the Challenge begins August 1, 2011, and here are the levels:
Curious – Read 1 novella

Fascinated — Read 3 novellas
Captivated – Read 6 novellas
Passionate — Read 9 novellas
Mesmerized – Read 15 novellas
Obsessed – Read 21 novellas
Fanatical – Read 27 novellas
Unstoppable — Read 33 novellas
Bibliomaniac — Read all 42 novellas

I’ve already read The Awakening and The Hound of the Baskervilles, but the other 40? Seems like I could pick up a few in August, how about you?

When do you have to be back at school, Frances? 🙂

20 thoughts on “Frances’ Wonderful Idea: The Art of The Novella”

  1. Oh, well, sure since it's Frances, and it's you, and it's not till August, and you listed out all the novellas…I think I've only read three of them, The Awakening, the Country of the Pointed Firs, and Lady Susan.

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  2. Ohhh: I saw Frances' post, but I assumed it was about modern novellas, not classic ones! Thanks for listing them all out. 🙂 I'll definitely try a few at least!

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  3. Audrey, 'not til August' can be deceiving! I find that the weeks of Summer go by all too quickly. However, I like the option of only being 'required' to read one. If I can accomplish more than that, all the better. Which, I certainly hope to do. (I didn't like The Awakening that much. It reminded me too much of Madame Bovary, and Anna Karenina, both of which I thought were superior. Did you like Kate Chopin's work?)

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  4. Words and peace, it becomes very hard to resist some challenges, doesn't it? I'm glad when the hosts and hostesses say that we don't have to read all the books in the genre to qualify! :)Also, I'm glad you selected the JLC5 to be one of your 9.

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  5. Eva, it took me a long time to type out, and link to, every novella that's in the set, but I'm glad it was worth it if it convinced you to participate! What it did for me is make me covet the whole darn set!

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  6. 42 novellas in one month is quite a challenge! I understand why you don't wish to go quite that far. I've been really hesitant to commit to any reading deadlines lately as I just can't seem to read anything on a timeline at the moment. There are so many interesting titles in the list, though…hmm…

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  7. There are interesting titles in this list; many of them I've never even heard of! I think the ones that pull me in the most are those from the Russian authors probably because I had several Russian literature classes in college.

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  8. Thanks for bringing this to my attention! Been out of the bloggy loop for a few days, but I do love a good novella, and there are some fabulous titles here! Woohoo!

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  9. Andi, isn't it funny how 'letting go' of blogging for a few days leaves one feeling behind? It almost scares me how compulsive I am about being on top of things, but you don't want to miss any opportunity to talk (or read!) books, right? Hope you'll find time for a novella or two.

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  10. I know how long formatting can take, so I really appreciate the resource! I'll see how many my library has or that I can find free ebooks of. 😀

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  11. You are tempting us with all these reading challenges, Bellezza 🙂 I don't know whether I can resist this one! Many of my favourite books are there on this list – 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' by Leo Tolstoy, 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Arthur Conan Doyle, 'First Love' by Ivan Turgenev. It is interesting that there are many books with the title 'The Duel' 🙂 I have read the one by Giacomo Casanova. From this list I would love to read Mark Twain's 'The Man who corrupted Hadleyburg', Samuel Johnson's 'Rasselas' and re-read 'First Love'. It is interesting that there is an author called Sholom Aleichem (which is the way one greets in Hebrew and which means 'Peace be upon you'). Nice name 🙂

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  12. Eva, don't you love how often it's so easy to find free e-books? I've been reading Fitzgerald's Flappers and Philosophers which I downloaded for free in on my Nook. While it has the annoying glitch of sometimes the 'll' comes out as a 'U', I'll put up with that for the cost: $0.00I'll join you in looking for free copies or hunting in the library.

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  13. Vishy, you know a lot about these novellas! I've read the Russian ones you mentioned, now that I think about it, in my Russian lit class in college. But, it would be good to revisit them. I love that Jewish name you left, meaning peace. My mother often said, "Shalom" to us, as she's been a long time advocate for peace. 🙂

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  14. Yep: I love free classics. :DI found every English one available for free! I copied & pasted all of the links, so I can e-mail them to you if you'd like. 🙂 I'm picky about translations, so I don't usually get them for my Nook, but I found three of the French ones in the original for free as well. Might have to dust off my French and see if it's still up to reading, hehe.

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  15. Thank you so much for listing all the novellas. I think this is such a tempting idea and I'm sure I can manage one of these in August. I have read The Death of Ivan Ilyich and First Love. Both intense and well worth reading – I thought Ivan Ilyich was amazing. I read it in one sitting online after opening it intending to have a quick look!

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  16. Eva, I'll brush up my French with you. It's been a long time since French 6, which I took instead of advanced Math classes as we were allowed to do in the olden days of high school. 😉 I once read Candide by Voltaire in French, but I don't think I could do it now. Still, so glad to know that they're available for our e-readers! Thanks for researching that.Tracey, so glad that listing out the titles was helpful. I can see that you love the Russian writers as much as I.

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  17. I took two years of French in college, which got me through intermediate lit classes, so we'll see how much of it I remember a few years later! 😉

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  18. Eva, you are unbelievable thoughtful to send me the link to all those titles. I'm doing a major happy dance over here, and sending you lots of hugs!

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