Author(s): Yasemin AŞCI

In this study, letter writing in other words epistle writing is focused on since it is the first literary form of the prose fiction in American Literature. Being commonly used in eighteenth century, this literary form is viewed as a means for the writers to display their political and social thoughts. Then, it began to be utilized for dealing with the issues on women who cannot give voice to their inner side and also their restricted love affairs as well as their role in the patriarchal society. After the emergence of one of the prose fiction novel, it continues to be used within the sub-genre of the novel, epistolary novel. The present study is generated through literature review method. and the main purpose of it is to depict the aim and use of the letter as a literary device, epistolary tradition and early samples of epistolary novel in American Literature. Achieving this purpose, letter and epistolary tradition and epistolary novel have been handled. As a result, it was seen that letters or epistles have great significance in prose fiction especially for novel that demonstrate the emotions and thoughts of the characters in detail.


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