picaresque novel

type of literature, usually involves a lower-class young protagonist, on his own, often making a journey

The picaresque novel (Spanish: picaresca, from pícaro, for "rogue" or "rascal") is a genre of prose fiction that depicts the adventures of a roguish, but "appealing hero", of low social class, who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. Picaresque novels typically adopt a realistic style, with elements of comedy and satire. This style of novel originated in Spain in 1554 and flourished throughout Europe for more than 200 years, though the term "picaresque novel" was only coined in 1810. It continues to influence modern literature. The term is also sometimes used to describe works, like Cervantes' Don Quixote and Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers, which only contain some of the genre's elements.
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genre: picaresque novel

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

novel by Mark Twain

author: Mark Twain
illustrator: E. W. Kemble

1884 or 1885

Moll Flanders

novel by Daniel Defoe

author: Daniel Defoe

1722

The Pickwick Papers

monthly serial; first novel by Charles Dickens; published 1836–1837

author: Charles Dickens
illustrator: Robert Seymour, Robert William Buss, Hablot Knight Browne

1836

Lazarillo

Spanish novella

author: anonymous

1554

Wilt

comedic novel by Tom Sharpe

author: Tom Sharpe

1976

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