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Typically, readers have been led to believe that fiction, especially the Realist novels that dominated Western culture for over half century, is based on historical truth and that great novels possess documentary value. Stendhal called the novel mirror moving along a highway, and most historians have confidently recruited novels to supply them with evidence they might be hard put to find elsewhere. That trust, Peter Gay shows, is misplaced: novels take their own parth to reality. He studies three literary master pieces: Charles Dickens´s Bleak House (1853), Gustave Flaubert´s Madame Bovary (1857) and Thomas Mann´s Buddenbrooks (1901).