Aspects of the Novel Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. William George Clark was known as a Shakespearean scholar, but he also published two books on other subjects. What other books does Clark publish?

William George Clark wrote an account of his time in Spain called Gazpacho, named after the cold soup. Eight years later he wrote Peloponnesus about his trip to Greece.

2. What are the guidelines William George Clark requests for the lecture series he began at Trinity College?

William George Clark requested in his will that Trinity College provide a lecture series annually "on some period or periods of English Literature not earlier than Chaucer."

3. How does Forster define the novel in its most basic terms?

Forster admits that the novel is a bit amorphous and a difficult form of literature to pinpoint. He defines it as "any fictitious prose work over 50,000 words."

4. What is Forster's definition of a pseudo-scholar?

Forster says that true scholars are rare and most scholars, including himself, are pseudo-scholars. The pseudo-scholar considers literature in terms of facts like time period or nationality of the author, while the true scholar is concerned with literature in terms of meaning and truth.

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