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WWW – Wondrous Words Wednesday – 7th September 2011

I had planned the post that I was going to publish for the meme, this week, however, I then came across this great word on an author website.

I had never heard of the word before and was intrigued to know the meaning, although being a literary word perhaps I should have known the definition.

I shall be most interested to discover how many of you out there are aware of the phrase, although perhaps that is only going to depress me and highlight the gaps in my literary knowledge even more.

The most comprehensive definition of the word I found, comes from the site:



Definition: A bildungsroman is a novel that traces the development of a character from childhood to adulthood, through a quest for identity that leads him or her to maturity. The term bildungsroman comes from the German for “formation novel,” or “education novel.”
Also Known As: education novel, formation novel, coming of age novel
Common Misspellings: bildungroman
Examples: “David Copperfield” is an example of a bildungsroman, or coming of age novel.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading.  It is hosted by Kathy, over at BermudaOnion’s Weblog. You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection. Just don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well!!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
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