Yes. All of them.

In late 2014 Melville House announced their Art of the Novella series, an admirable project to publish classic novellas in book and ebook form. To celebrate the launch, they offered the first fifty-six of the books at a special price.

I couldn’t resist.

There have been some problems with the international shipping, but I’m expecting the books to arrive soon. When they do, I’m going to stare them in the face and read—in the words of Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction—”every motherfucking last one” of them.


Along the way I’ll post reviews, my thoughts on the novella as an art form, favourite quotes and whatever else I can come up with. It could take years, but I’m in this for the long haul.

Join me!

I won’t be limiting myself to the Art of the Novella series. I’ll try and take in some other novellas, old and new, including Australian releases from Seizure’s Viva la Novella project and Griffith Review’s Novella Project.


Who am I? My name’s Daniel and I live in Sydney, Australia. I’m a reader, writer and editor. I founded Tincture Journal and you can learn more about me and my work at

Do you have a favourite novella that you’d like me to include? Comment below!

8 thoughts to “Yes. All of them.”

  1. Ho-lee crap, there are a lot of novels with the title ‘The Duel’. The list is bringing back some good undergrad memories – struggling through Guy de Maupassant’s L’Horla (read it en francais remained clueless the whole way) and Constant’s Adolphe?! I haven’t read it but my French copy is thick enough to be a novel…but then, so is The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    It’s interesting to see what ends up being defined as a novel or novella. Going to be an awesome lit project 🙂

  2. I deeply wish I had come up with this brilliant idea myself – I have such a love for the artform that is the novella! Currently poring over my bookshelves looking for possible suggestions. Wishing you all the best with your endeavour!

      1. I am seriously considering it… I do read a lot of them anyway, so it’s not that much more work. Thanks for the offer, it is a seriously tempting project.

  3. I really love this venture and may I suggest my favourite: Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal.

    Also (one never being enough) the delicious black comedy: The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé.

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