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NOVEL WORDS COLLECTION contains challenging words and meanings found in classic novels. Such challenging words and expressions fall within the following types:

  • archaic
  • arcane
  • obsolete
  • rare
  • slang
  • dialectical
  • foreign (i.e., non-English)

Currently, the app now contains challenging words for the following novels:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Dubliners by James Joyce

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles

The Odyssey by Homer

The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Tropic Of Cancer by Henry Miller

Ulysses by James Joyce

Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Additional literary titles are added at regular intervals.

So, whenever you read or study a novel in the app’s list, you can quickly search or browse through the database for the meanings of those words which challenge you.

Why Novel Words?

Generally, most popular fiction necessarily uses easily understood language. Literary fiction – that is, fiction which has literary merit and which broadly focuses upon the human condition – tends to use those challenging words which often cause readers to pause.

For example, here are a few of the challenging words contained in Joyce’s Ulysses: omphalos, gossoon, orgulous, quopped, ubicity, ollav, bullgine, leet, coneys, plappering, ingle, oxter, yclept, invercund and mazer.

But finding definitions for challenging words can be problematic, offline or online. Many are indexed in only a dozen dictionaries; some only in half that; and a few in just a couple … or one only. And, when dictionaries fail, searching also necessitates the use of specific, annotated compendia and notes, as detailed in the app’s References.

So, without Novel Words Collection at your fingertips, the process of searching dictionaries  would be frustrating and time consuming. Which means students, and other readers, will immediately benefit with the quickest method to access a required definition – not only to avoid delays but also to have a more enjoyable and informative reading experience.

So … Happy reading with Novel Words Collection!