The book considers the main stages of development of the leading genre of the world and English literature, based on the example of a number of English novelists of the XIX - XXI centuries. The chapters of the monograph, written by scholars of British literature from Moscow, Minsk, Yekaterinburg, Vladivostok, Kazan, Oxford, Saratov, Ufa and Perm, analyze the artistic originality of selected works of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, Evelyn Waugn, Graham Green, Iris Murdock, Hilary Mantel and others. The book demonstrates the functioning of the English novel tradition, creatively and innovatively developed by English novelists over two centuries. The chapters provide an in-depth analysis of a number of works that have played a pivotal role in the dynamism of the English and world novelism. The monograph is intended for literary scholars, students, Master and graduate students as well as for everyone interested in English literature. It can be a teaching aid when reading courses in the history of English literature and the history of the English novel.