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Which was the First Novel to be released in English? Name the Author also.

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Asked by vijay mohan, 20 Mar '08 09:45 am
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The question does not have an answer because the term "novel" is undefined.

According to Wikipedia:
These works of literature have each been claimed as the first novel in English.

Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, (written circa 1470, published 1485)
William Baldwin, Beware the Cat, (published 1570, 1584)[1]
John Lyly, Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit (1578) and Euphues and his England (1580)
Philip Sidney, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia (1581)
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress (1678)
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko (1688)
Simon Ockley (translator), The Improvement of Human Reason: Exhibited in the Life of Hai Ebn Yokdhan (1708)
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (1719)
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders (1722)
Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740)
These are some other early long works of prose fiction in English:

William Caxton's 1483 translation of Geoffrey de La Tour Landry, The Knight of the Tower (originally in French)
Thomas Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller, ...more
Answered by Shahryar Pax, 20 Mar '08 08:20 pm

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In the year 1007 a Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu, wrote the world's first full novel. Called "The tale of Genji," it tells the story of a prince looking for love and wisdom. In its English translation it covers 54 chapters over 1,000 pages of text.
Answered by gem mina, 20 Mar '08 09:51 am

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