Robert Fulford

Non-Fiction



The Triumph of Narrative

"Fulford does what he does with flair; his arabesques are worth re-reading and remembering."
The Globe and Mail

"Lively and frequently witty...greatly enjoyable"
The Toronto Star

"An entertaining read...Fulford spots narrative threads in odd and fascinating places."
The Independent Weekly (Toronto)

"Fulford is one of the few intellectuals as comfortable with Elmore Leonard as with Saul Bellow...a book large in soul, insight, and importance. Every reader, and every student of narrative in all its Splendor and vast multimedia reach, ought to have a copy."
The Daily News (Halifax)

Broadway/RH US/2001
Anansi/Stoddart CAN/1999
Fides/French/2001

THE TRIUMPH OF NARRATIVE

Story Telling in the Age of Mass Culture

"Narrative is the juncture where facts and feelings meet," writes Robert Fulford, an eminent author on cultural topics. "It is the bundle in which we wrap truth, hope, and dread. It is how we explain, how we teach, how we entertain ourselves; and how we often do all three at once."

In his compelling book, Robert Fulford argues that narrative is central to civilization and that we package our understanding of life and history as a series of narratives.

Into this vibrant mix he includes sexual gossip, urban legends, and forms of street literature. There are insightful discussions of the great works from the Book of Job, to the tales of Sir Walter Scott, to the contemporary novels of Saul Bellow.

Important are films, television, journalism, and the master narratives of great historians like Gibbon and Parkman. But narrative also includes the private lies people tell each other to make their lives bearable.

The Triumph of Narrative was commissioned for the prestigious Massey Lecture Series.