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Aspects of the Novel is a book compiled from a series of lectures delivered by E. Forster at Trinity College, Cambridge in , in which he discussed the English language novel. By using examples from classic texts, he highlights the seven universal aspects of the novel: story, characters, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. Some critics have taken issue with the fact that Forster, as a renowned novelist, formulated a normative theory of how to write prose. Somerset Maugham commented that, having read the book, "I learned that the only way to write novels was like Mr. According to Woolf, Forster, unlike other male critics, never exercises stern authority to save the lady i. Woolf concedes, however, that this is ultimately not very helpful when it comes to formulating rules: "So then we are back in the old bog; nobody knows anything about the laws of fiction".
Forster at Trinity College, Cambridge, in Using examples of classic works by many of the worlds greatest writers, he discusses seven aspects he deems universal to the novel: story, characters, plot, fantasy, prophecy, pattern, and rhythm. Forster dismisses the method of examining the novel as a historical development, in preference to an image of all novelists throughout history writing simultaneously, side by side. He first establishes that, if nothing else, a novel is a story that takes place over a period of time. He stresses the importance of character, maintaining that both flat and round characters may be included in the successful novel. He regards the necessity of plot, which creates the effect of suspense, as a problem by which character is frequently sacrificed in the service of providing an ending to the novel. Fantasy and prophecy, which provide a sense of the universal, or spiritual, Forster regards as central aspects of the great novel.
The Clark Lectures, sponsored by Trinity College of the University of Cambridge, have had a long and distinguished history and have featured remarks by some of England's most important literary minds. Leslie Stephen, T. Eliot, F. Leavis, William Empson and I. Richards have all given celebrated and widely influential talks as the keynote speaker.