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ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITTANICA definition of the Novella http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/421114/novella
"Novella, short and well-structured narrative, often realistic and satiric in tone, that influenced the development of the short story and the novel throughout Europe. Originating in Italy during the Middle Ages, the novella was based on local events that were humorous, political, or amorous in nature; the individual tales often were gathered into collections along with anecdotes, legends, and romantic tales. Writers such as Giovanni Boccaccio, Franco Sacchetti, and Matteo Bandello later developed the novella into a psychologically subtle and highly structured short tale, often using a frame story to unify the tales around a common theme."...
NEW WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA talks about the Novella,
including discussions about the Novella versus Novel, and the Novella in Popular Culture
Guardian Article - When is a short novel a 'novella'?
Posted by Laura Barnett, October 19, 2011
The Daily Beast Article - The Novella is Making A Comeback: In Praise of Short
by Taylor Antrim, August 4, 2011
Friends of Writers
Comments on the Novella from MEXCONNECT
Published or Updated on: June 1, 2008 by James Tipton © 2009
3 Quarks Daily - Neither Novel Nor Short Story: What is Medium Length Fiction?
by Bliss Kern, February 15, 2010
ONFICTION - An Online Magazine on the Psychology of Fiction
Short Story, Novella, Novel, January 5, 2009