An Italian term meaning "story." This term has been especially used to describe fourteenth-century Italian tale s, but it also refers to modern short novel The tales comprising Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron are examples of the novella. Modern novellas include Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilich, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and Henry James's "The Aspern Papers."
A novella is a narrative work of prose fiction longer than a novelette (7501 words to 17,500 words in length) but shorter than a novel (40,001-plus words. A novella is not measured by page count. Its commonly accepted length is 17,501 to 40,000 words.