Did you know the Tintin comics were all serialized in magazines before they appeared in book form? So were the Sherlock Holmes stories, Charles Dickens’ novels, Madame Bovary, Tagore’s Gora, Asterix the Gaul, and R.K. Narayan’s novels too!
Here are five books you never knew were serialized:
Chandrakanta by Devaki Nandan Khatri
Those who grew up in the 90s would surely remember the Sunday mornings they crowded around their TV sets, all to hear Krur Singh go ‘Yukkk!’ Chandrakanta, one of the first works of prose in modern Hindi, was originally published in serialized form in 1888. This tale of magic, intrigue and romance continues to fascinate readers and scholars even today!
The Man Eater of Malgudi by R.K. Narayan
R.K. Narayan, one of the foremost writers of Indian writing in English, serialized the popular The Man Eater of Malgudi in 1961 in the Illustrated Weekly of India. The serialized form popularized the novel, which was eventually published as a single volume book later. Narayan also serialized The Painter of Signs in 1976.
Nirmala by Premchand
Nirmala, which revolves around the social issues of dowry and mismatched marriages, broke new ground in its representation of its female characters when it was first published as a serialized novel in the women’s magazine Chand in 1928. Premchand brought child marriage to the forefront with this novel, in which the protagonist Nirmala is married to a widower as a young girl.
Devdas & Parineeta by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay
Yes, both Devdas and Parineeta were originally serialized, just as Saratchandra’s most early works were, in leading Bengali magazines at the time. Devdas was serialized in the Calcutta-based Bengali literary magazine Bharatvarsa between 1916 and 1917, eventually being published as a book in 1917, while Parineeta was published in 1913.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
Yup! Before Benedict’s Sherlock made us wait two years for a new season (and ongoing!), there was the original Sherlock, which arrived in serial form in Strand magazine. Conan Doyle published all the original stories in Strand, and ultimately serialized The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1901.
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