Jules Romains Essay - Jules Romains Long Fiction Analysis

Louis-Henri-Jean Farigoule

Jules Romains Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

With the appearance of Men of Good Will, Jules Romains became an overwhelmingly popular novelist, with each of the work’s twenty-seven volumes selling thousands of copies. A popular writer must first of all hold the interest of his readers. This Romains does, not only in his massive roman-fleuve but in his shorter novels as well. His plots are fast-moving, and even the longer works contain satisfying and immediate subplots. He generally begins in medias res, without a great deal of preparation, unlike Honoré de Balzac, whom he greatly admired. His ability to treat a number of subjects, both within his multivolume works and within the range of his shorter novels, provided an appeal to a broad public.

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