Friday, July 11, 2008

Valancourt reissues The Fate of Fenella (writ. Conan Doyle, Stoker, et al.).

The Fate of Fenella (1892), a round-robin novel of murder and mesmerism that features chapters by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, Florence Marryat, Frances Eleanor Trollope, and other Victorian writers, has recently been reissued by Valancourt Books.


Martin Edwards said...

Elizabeth, do you know if this was the very first round robin novel?

Elizabeth Foxwell said...


No, although the round-robin novel form did appear in the nineteenth century. The most well known of the early round-robin novels are _Six of One by Half a Dozen of the Other: An Every Day Novel_ (1872; ed. Edward E. Hale), _The King's Men_ (1884), and _The Whole Family_ (1908, ed. William Dean Howells). See Susanna Ashton, _Collaborators in Literary America, 1870-1920_ (Macmillan, 2003).