Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium

Gerry Quinn gerryq at indigo.ie
Thu Sep 24 08:18:18 EST 1998

In article <360943a4.17842976 at>, dhansen at btree.com (Dave Hansen) wrote:
>On 23 Sep 1998 17:36:17 GMT, peter at baileynm.com (Peter da Silva)
>>It's hard to point to any particular literary figure as being really critical.
>>Shakespeare was a man of his times, and he didn't introduce a new artform so
>>much as develop it. How about Daniel Defoe, who wrote the first modern novel
>>(even if it was based roughly on real events, Selkirk and Crusoe were not at
>>all similar...).
>I thought Miguel de Cervantes earned that honor for "Don Quixote"

What's so modern about the 'modern novel'?  Despite the accretions of 
literary theory, the novel (as depiction of fictitious events 
befalling fictitious persons) was well developed in the ancient world.

- Gerry

  gerryq at indigo.ie  (Gerry Quinn)

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