‘Minimalism’ is a relatively new term. It began to be applied to literary works in the second half of the 20th century, but the minimalist movement has been around much longer. It was led by an eclectic group of vigilant artists who sought to curb the flowery exuberances of the Romantics and Modernists and melodramatists and overwriters of every age. It is essentially a realist movement that endeavoured to purge language of excess.
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