What kind of novel is characterized by portraying the lower classes ?
The answer is "picaresque novel" ; The picaresque novel (Spanish: "picaresca," from "pícaro," for "rogue" or "rascal") is a popular sub-genre of prose fiction which is usually satirical and depicts, in realistic and often humorous detail, [ the adventures of a roguish hero of low social class who lives by his wits in a corrupt society. This style of novel originated in sixteenth century Spain
and flourished throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It continues to influence modern literature.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picaresque_novel ]
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