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The German term for a fictional prose tale that concentrates on a single event or situation, usually with a surprising conclusion. The term, adopted from the Italian (see novella), was introduced in 1795 by J. W. von Goethe. The outstanding German tradition of Novellen includes works by Tieck, Kleist, and Thomas Mann, most of which conform (in terms of length) to the English sense of ‘novella’.

Subjects: Literature.

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