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narration: The process of telling a sequence of actions and events, usually in chronological order.

narrative:  A story or account. In dramas the narrative generally advances through the action of the play.

narrator: The "voice" that speaks or tells a story. Some narratives are written in afirst-person point of view, where the narrator's voice is that of the protagonist’s, and some are written in third person.

narrator, unreliable: Usually in a novel, it refers to a narrator who lacks credibility. This usually occurs in order to deceive the reader. Both a first person and a third person narrator can be unreliable.

native language: The language acquired in childhood. One's mother tongue.

near rhyme: See inexact rhyme.

Nebula award: An award given for Science Fiction and fantasy writers in America.

neoclassicism: A revival in classical styles of literaturedrama, art, music and architecture.

neo-Latin: Latin popularly used in the Renaissance and often used in scientific writing.

neologism: Introduction or creation of a new word or phrase.

Nobel Prize for Literature: Awarded every year since 190I, this accolade is a valuable prize to the winning writer. Former winners include Yeats (1923), Faulkner (1949), Hemingway (1954), Steinbeck (1962), Beckett (1969), Soyinka (1986), Walcott (1992), Morrison (1993). For complete list see

noble savage: A primative used in literature to illustrate the simplicity found in being removed from civilisation.

nom de guerre: An assumed name or pseudonym.

nom de plume: A pen name or pseudonym.

noun: A group of words, found in speech/writing, that refer to a person, place, idea or object.  Nouns are classified as common, proper, abstract or collective.

novel: Generally speaking a novel is any extended fictional prose narrative that focuses on a few crucial characters but often involves scores of secondary characters. The novel can cover any subject from any view point. Within English there are a few contenders for the first 'true novel':  Bunyan's Pilgrims's progress,Defoe's Robinson Crusoe or Moll Flanders. After the birth of the novel in the 18th century, the 19th century saw a rise in the production of the novel, with the advent of novelists such as Austen and the Bronte sisters.

novel of manners: A novel which examines values, behaviour and characteristics of a particular group of people with a specific historical context.

novelette: See novella.

novelist: Someone who has written or writes novels. See writerpoet and author.

novella: An extended fictional prose narrative that is not quite as long as a novel, but longer than a short story. A novelette is a similar type of writing, but often refers to trivial romances.

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