In Praise of the Vilified Prologue: Top 10 Novels with Prologues

In Praise of the Vilified Prologue: Top 10 Novels with Prologues

In Elmore Leonard’s famous 10 rules for writing, the second rule is: Avoid prologues. “They can be annoying,” he wrote. “A prologue in a novel is back story, and you can drop it in anywhere you want.”

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