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The Unappreciated Female Writers Who Invented the Novel | It’s Lit



For more It’s Lit, subscribe to Storied: http://bit.ly/pbsstoried_sub The guy typically credited with inventing what we know as the modern novel was Miguel de …

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  1. B N

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    A book I haven't seen mentioned here as probably the first novel is Lucian of Samoasata's "A True Story" (2nd century Ad). Pretty interesting stuff with interstellar battles and tribes of fish people living inside a huge whale. The title is programmatic as the story revolves thematically around truth and lies and is thus pretty modern even in that regard.

  2. SloanePaoPow

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Beauplaisir! LOL!

  3. Ethan O. McBride

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

  4. nāmorghūlilaros

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Pretty weird that you didn't bring up the Tale of Genji. Kinda thought that's what this video would be.

  5. Wolfheart Darnell

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Wow. Everyone knows that the novel was invented by Lady Murasaki over a thousand years ago.

  6. KedjLycandros

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    👍👍

  7. Kenshin Himura

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    I dunno. I think the tale of genji is genius.

  8. Elizabeth Royer

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Ahh I did my undergraduate thesis on this topic! So cool.

  9. Moss Mother

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    I've craved more Lindsay content.

  10. faboo faboo

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Lindsay: … and ends up smothering him…
    me: with kisses?
    Lindsay: … to death.
    me: 😳

  11. A Casteel

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    In my uni we were taught the first novel was the Tale of Gengi.

  12. Ditta

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    I was never shown anything of these women’s work in Australia, everything was only Shakespeare, Shakespeare, and Shakespeare. Most of the old writers I found out on my own or from friends who had gone to university, but that was only a way to Virginia Woolf.

    Jane Austen and Emily Bronte through the BBC show dramas and I was not a fan because of being such a tomboy, but in later years I read them all and I understand that the books are not love tales like some girls in high school think they are.

  13. TheManAndTheFriedLime

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Great video but I don't know why you had to hate on Quixote… which was also earlier than these ladies' work according to the video

  14. BAYWATCH

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    There's one creature you overlooked, the Tulpa, ppl claim to have created their own Tulpa's with fascinating consequences

  15. BradyPostma

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Woo! Lindsay Ellis content!

    My day just got better!

  16. kronosmorpheus1234

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Lindsay! I love you're presenting this one!

  17. Rocío Miranda

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Don Quixote is a very wise and funny book, if you read it at the right age. It's a rich painting of 16th century Spain. Glad to have you back, Lindsay.

  18. Frost Queen

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Nothing like the feel of a book in your ✋😁

  19. pommeG03

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    I love this! I took a whole class on this in college, reading several pieces by the women mentioned here, but then kind of following the novel's progression into Richardson, finally ending with Frances Burney. On a somewhat related note, I got into a weird faze a year ago where I found and read a bunch of novels written by the best-selling lady authors of in the US during the 1800s and I think they're even more underappreciated. We even have a letter from Hawthorne to his publisher complaining about "scribbling women" eating up the entire publishing industry and making it hard for "real" writers like him to make waves, referring to those now-forgotten female writers!

  20. Bryan McGucken

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Romance novels aren't my cup of tea (though romance subplots in fantasy or mystery novels are 🙂 ) But I will fight you if you act like they aren't as legit as any other genre. There are lots of "real" literature that are also forgotten in 10 years. Most of which I also find boring, lol.

  21. Mathieu Leader

    July 17, 2021 at 6:52 am

    I guess author Barbara Cartland carried on the tradition of amatory fiction

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