A novel is a relatively long work of narrative fiction , normally written in prose form, and which is typically published as a book. The present English word for a long work of prose fiction derives from the Italian : novella for "new", "news", or "short story of something new", itself from the Latin : novella , a singular noun use of the neuter plural of novellus , diminutive of novus , meaning "new". Some novelists, including Nathaniel Hawthorne ,  Herman Melville ,  Ann Radcliffe ,  John Cowper Powys ,  preferred the term "romance" to describe their novels. According to Margaret Doody , the novel constitutes "a continuous and comprehensive history of about two thousand years", with its origins in the Ancient Greek and Roman novel , in Chivalric romance , and in the tradition of the Italian renaissance novella.
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Literature , a body of written works. The name has traditionally been applied to those imaginative works of poetry and prose distinguished by the intentions of their authors and the perceived aesthetic excellence of their execution. Literature may be classified according to a variety of systems, including language , national origin, historical period, genre , and subject matter. For historical treatment of various literatures within geographical regions, see such articles as African literature ; African theatre ; Oceanic literature ; Western literature ; Central Asian arts ; South Asian arts ; and Southeast Asian arts. Some literatures are treated separately by language, by nation, or by special subject e. Definitions of the word literature tend to be circular. And indeed its central meaning, at least, is clear enough.
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Are you looking for a royal-commoner romance? A fake marriage? Over the years, these tales of queer happily ever afters have brought me much joy and comfort. Note: Books marked with an asterisk are ownvoices, which, in this case, means that the author is a queer man. Many of the other novels on this list are ownvoices for different reasons.
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