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A novel is a long work of fiction in prose. It is longer and more complex than a short story and not bound by the restrictions of plays and poetry.

Table of contents
1 Early novels
2 Qualities of the novel
3 See also

Early novels

Significant early novels in various languages and genres include: (This list is far from definitive. For example, there are earlier Chinese novels than Romance of the Three Kingdoms and chivalric romances in prose before Le Morte d'Arthur in several European languages. And what about other languages?)

Qualities of the novel

Most novels have the following qualities, but in each case there are exceptions:

See also

Literature, the short story, theater, poetry, novella, first novel in English.

Novel is also the name of a commune of the Haute-Savoie département in France.