The English Novel, 1700-1740: An Annotated Bibliography

The English Novel, 1700-1740: An Annotated Bibliography

The English Novel, 1700-1740: An Annotated Bibliography

The English Novel, 1700-1740: An Annotated Bibliography


The English novel written between 1700 and 1740 remains a comparatively neglected area. In addition to Daniel Defoe, whose Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders are landmarks in the history of English fiction, many other authors were at work. This bibliography provides a listing of novels and critical materials pertinent to them. It additionally includes entries for bibliographies, anthologies, and studies that illuminate the cultural, political, and historical background of the period. Entries include annotations, and the volume is fully indexed.


1. Origins and models

This bibliography has been compiled as a contribution to the work of the Salzburg Centre for Research on the Early English Novel, in its project of re-publishing fiction from the sixteenth, seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and providing a data base for scholarly materials in this field. It was made possible by the commitment of Holger Klein, its director, and professor at the Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik at the University of Salzburg; he was intrumental in obtaining the research funding from the Fonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung in Vienna. Without the assistance of the Fonds, this project would not have been possible: I owe them a fundamental debt of gratitude.

The model for this task has been the work of Prof. James HARNER, whose English Renaissance prose fiction, 1500-1660: An annotated bibliography (1978, with subsequent supplements in 1985 and 1992) is a quarry of materials on the earliest phase of the novel.

The present study represents the third part of a trilogy begun in 1992 with a ground-clearing exercise, A bibliography of the English novel from the Restoration to the French Revolution: A checklist of sources and critical materials, with particular reference to the period 1660 to 1740 (1995). This was followed by the more specialized The English Novel, 1660-1700: An annotated bibliography (1997) which sought to throw more light on the fiction written in these years, and its broad socio-historical context. This work seeks to extend this process a step further, and illuminate the next 40 years, from 1700 to 1740, the late dawn immediately preceding the sunburst of the classic English novel with Samuel Richardson's Pamela. This innovative work, which ushers in the new, expanded novel of the 1740s, is the point of departure, and does not come under the aegis of this study.

2. Historical contexts

The period 1660-1700 had been dominated by the dramatic events of the Restoration and the Glorious Revolution, events of immense political and sociological import for the emergence of modem Britain. The first forty years of the eighteenth century were to see other changes that would radically affect the future, but on the whole was marked by a greater sense of stability and consolidation, and an exhilarating expansion on both national and international fronts.

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