List of novellas

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Novellas are relatively short works of prose fiction, longer than a short story but shorter than a novel.[1] Several novellas have been recognized as among the best examples of the literary form. Publishers and literary award societies frequently describe a novella's word count as falling between 15,000 and 40,000 words,[2][3] although the definition varies.

Major novellas[edit]

Certain novellas have been recognized as the best examples of the literary form, through their appearance on multiple best-of lists.[4][5][6][7][8]

Novellas appearing on multiple best-of lists
Author Title Published References
Anthony Burgess A Clockwork Orange 1962 [4][6]
Albert Camus The Stranger 1942 [4][5][6]
Truman Capote Breakfast at Tiffany's 1958 [4][5]
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness 1899 [5][6][7][8]
Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol 1843 [4][5][7]
Ernest Hemingway The Old Man and the Sea 1952 [4][6][7][8]
Franz Kafka The Metamorphosis 1915 [4][5][7][8]
Richard Matheson I Am Legend 1954 [6][7]
Herman Melville Billy Budd 1924 [5][8]
George Orwell Animal Farm 1945 [4][5][7][8]
Philip Roth Goodbye, Columbus 1959 [6][8]
John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men 1937 [4][7]
Robert Louis Stevenson Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1886 [4][5]
H. G. Wells The War of the Worlds 1898 [5][8]
Edith Wharton Ethan Frome 1911 [5][6]

Other notable novellas[edit]

Additionally, several novellas have been included on at least one best-of list.

Other notable novellas
Author Title Published Reference
Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending 2011 [6]
Saul Bellow Seize the Day 1956 [8]
Olivia Kate Cerrone The Hunger Saint 2017 [9]
Kate Chopin The Awakening 1899 [10]
Paulo Coelho The Alchemist 1988 [6]
Maryse Conde I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem 1986 [10]
Don DeLillo Pafko at the Wall 2001 [6]
Fyodor Dostoyevsky The Gambler 1867 [8]
Joseph von Eichendorff Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing 1826 [11]
George Eliot Silas Marner 1861 [8]
Nora Ephron Heartburn 1983 [10]
Penelope Fitzgerald The Bookshop 1978 [10]
Gabriel García Márquez Chronicle of a Death Foretold 1981 [8]
Gabriel García Márquez No One Writes to the Colonel 1961 [8]
Graham Greene The Tenth Man 1985 [6]
M. K. Indira Phaniyamma 1977 [10]
Shirley Jackson We Have Always Lived in the Castle 1962 [10]
Henry James The Aspern Papers 1888 [8]
Henry James Daisy Miller 1879 [8]
Henry James The Turn of the Screw 1898 [8]
Tove Jansson The Summer Book 1972 [10]
Sarah Orne Jewett The Country of the Pointed Firs 1896 [10]
James Joyce The Dead 1914 [8]
Daniel Keyes Flowers for Algernon 1959 [4]
Stephen King Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption 1982 [7]
Andrew Krivak The Sojourn 2011 [6]
Nella Larsen Passing 1929 [5][12]
Nella Larsen Quicksand 1928 [10]
Doris Lessing The Fifth Child 1988 [10]
Janet Lewis The Wife of Martin Guerre 1941 [10]
Penelope Lively The Photograph 2003 [6]
H.P. Lovecraft The Shadow Over Innsmouth 1931 [6]
David Malouf Fly Away Peter 1982 [6]
Thomas Mann Death in Venice 1912 [8]
Steve Martin Shopgirl 2000 [6]
Valerie Martin Property 2003 [10]
Carson McCullers The Member of the Wedding 1946 [10]
Herman Melville Bartleby, the Scrivener 1853 [8]
Iris Murdoch Something Special 1957 [6]
Joyce Carol Oates Black Water 1992 [6]
Yōko Ogawa The Housekeeper and the Professor 2003 [10]
Stewart O'Nan Last Night at the Lobster 2007 [6]
Charles Portis True Grit 1968 [13]
Annie Proulx Brokeback Mountain 1997 [6]
Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49 1966 [6]
Jean Rhys Wide Sargasso Sea 1966 [10]
Francoise Sagan Bonjour, Tristesse 1954 [10]
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich 1962 [8]
Muriel Spark The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1961 [10]
John Steinbeck The Pearl 1947 [5][14]
Leo Tolstoy The Death of Ivan Ilyich 1886 [8]
Justin Torres We the Animals 2011 [6]
Voltaire Candide 1759 [6]
Velma Wallis Two Old Women 1993 [10]
H. G. Wells The Time Machine 1895 [6]
Edith Wharton Bunner Sisters 1916 [10]
Edith Wharton Madame de Treymes 1907 [10]
Banana Yoshimoto Kitchen 1988 [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Novella". Merriam Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 20 May 2016. a short novel: a story that is longer than a short story but shorter than a novel
  2. ^ "The British Fantasy Awards Constitution". British Fantasy Society. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ Guest, Katy (19 July 2015). "Novella Award organisers have defined a novel(la) as being a piece of fiction between 20,000 and 40,000 words". The Independent. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Top 10 Novellas". The Novella Award. Archived from the original on 5 June 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "These Amazing Classic Books Are So Short You Have No Excuse Not To Read Them". The Huffington Post. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z Carswell, Beth (2012). "The Best Novellas: Literature's Middle Child". AbeBooks. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i Thorsson, Johann (18 June 2012). "The World's Best Novellas". On Books & Writing. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Haber, Gordon (29 June 2015). "The 20 Best Novellas Ever Published In The History Of Humankind". Thought Catalog. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  9. ^ ""Courage in a World of Pain" Novellas about Child Labor". Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Novellas by women, about women". Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Reviewed Work: Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing. / From the German of Joseph Von Eichendorff by Charles Godfrey Leland". The American Art Journal. 5 (10): 152–155. 28 June 1866. JSTOR 25306236.
  12. ^ Rottenberg, Catherine (2003). "Passing : Race, Identification, and Desire". Criticism. 45 (4): 435–52. doi:10.1353/crt.2004.0025.
  13. ^ Soumya Jimmy Ghosh, Quora, Book Recommendations: Which are some of the best crime, thriller, mystery, suspense, noir novellas of all time?, Retrieved June 3, 2016
  14. ^ Benson, Jackson J. (1990). The Short Novels of John Steinbeck: Critical Essays With a Checklist to Steinbeck Criticism. Duke University Press. pp. 143–. ISBN 9780822309949. Retrieved 30 January 2013.