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First novel in English
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First novel in English

These works of literature have each been claimed as the first novel in English.

These are some other early long works of fiction in prose in English:

There are multiple candidates for first novel in English partly because of ignorance of earlier works, but largely because the term novel can be defined so as to exclude earlier candidates:

The phrase "first true novel" is probably an indication that "novel" is being carefully defined so as to exclude earlier candidates than the one the writer has in mind.