Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Marie K. Breniman


By 1929 and 1930 the popularity and the increasing use of the cluster form caught the attention of most careful readers of fiction. Its original adaptations, its unique technique, its clever appropriation of the best in the novel and in the short story forms, its use by leading novelists, its suggested similarity to age-old literary methods, and it's very apparent possibilities - all these make it a subject worthy of some detailed study.

It shall be the aim in this discussion to search out the very early traces of fictional forms similar to the cluster type, to attempt to account for the present form of the cluster by comparing its technique and form with that of the short story and the conventional novel, to enumerate and analyze modern works of fiction with cluster tendencies, to discuss the characteristic features of the contemporary cluster novel, and to attempt a summary as to the permanence and possibilities of this new type.





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