Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Great Poems of the World)

All surviving manuscripts of works attributed to Wolfram von Eschenbach lead to the conclusion that he was exclusively a poet. His masterpiece, Parzival, is considered the father of the Bildungsroman, or novel of development. This paternity is extremely tenuous, however, resting on affinities of characterization rather than of genre; the first recognizable novel did not appear until some 450 years after Parzival.