'novel' strikes again

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 29 19:43:56 UTC 2014

Last time we looked, it meant any book of narrative prose - or at least a

But now....

Amazon advertises John Steinbeck's nonfiction wartime account _Bomber Crew_

"A magnificent volume of short novels and an essential World War II report
from one of America's great twentieth-century writers."

(That's Amazon talking, not a semi-literate "reviewer.")

The "novels" are chapters.

Coming soon: "novel" = 'short poem.'

Or is it here already?


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