Posted by JCJ on July 16, 2010 at 18:20:32:
In Reply to: Re: Is the Novel Dead? What do you say book lovers? posted by Fall1 on July 16, 2010 at 16:32:41:
Oh, right, Gore Vidal. That makes sense. He was always critical of other novelists. He once said the "new age" novelists of his era, like John Barth, were writing books meant to be taught at universities rather than to be read.
Personally, I like to read John Barth, but maybe that's just me.
: : : Who said the novel is dead originally, and why did he say it? Was it Mailer?
: : No, it was Gore Vidal. Way back in the sixties, I think.
: Right, but he said novelists would no longer play a significant role in our society. He said the novel was dead in the same way poetry was dead meaning the audience for "serious" novels was diminishing and would soon be seen the same way poetry is seen (intended only for self-proclaimed intellectuals and university students who are forced by their professors to read such things).
: : : : Is the Novel Dead? They're still asking the question and debating the answer at Slate.com:
: : : : http://www.slate.com/id/2128405/
: : : : If it is dead, who killed it?
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