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08/01/2011 01:03 pm ET Updated Oct 01, 2011

The Pitfalls And Pleasures Of The Current Realist Novel

Lately the realist novel’s been getting realistic. Originally developed in response to a highfalutin form gone stale, realism has a long and glorious tradition of extraordinary yarns about ordinary people. But the name “realism” was never quite right.

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