Declarations of the imminent demise of the novel are nothing new. According to this chronology on the VOX website the novel has been declared dead at least 30 times since 1902.
No less a visionary than Jules Verne thought novels would be “supplanted altogether by the daily newspaper” within 50-100 years while in fall 1955 Norman Mailer claimed anyone still writing novels was a fool and in an October 2009 interview, Philip Roth told The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown that the novel was a “dying animal.”
Fortunately for fans of fiction, they and the other prognosticators listed in this post were dead wrong.
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