This is a notebook and guide for learners of English as a second or overseas language, all over the earth. Most of the writings here are in Basic English, first designed by C. K. Ogden, using 850 necessary words and a number of international words only.
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English Prose Fiction
There are two different sorts of long fiction stories in English language: romance and novel.

Romance is long story, in verse or prose, about someone, long time back or in a far-a-way place, doing something special. The person is generally of a high birth, very good looking or with a special quality. A romance is frequently a love story or an accout of a long journey. Romance has a very long history. One of the most noted examples in English is the stories of King Arthur and his men of the round table, by Thomas Malory.

Novel is new sort of romance in prose, about a common person in nearer times in a place not so far away from the reader. It's generally fiction with a taste of true stories: the persons in the story are like the ones living in your town, doing common things every day.

Edward Said sees the development of English novels with the development of England ruling over other nations. Their going out on ships gave birth to Robinson Crusoe, the bridge from English romance to novel, or, in a way, the first English novel.

Robinson Crusoe, though most of the story takes place in a far-a-way land, is more like a true story: the common man Robinson gives an account of his experience in simpler English with everyday details.

After Robinson Crusoe, Britain had a number of new writers giving out novels. Those noted English novels were chiefly about persons in England, with some connection from countries ruled by England. What is strange and interesting is most of the persons in the novels, and most of university teachers working on those writings, are not conscious of the strong power-connection which was the physical base of English culture.
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