Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World - Vol. 1

Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World - Vol. 1

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Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World - Vol. 1

Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World - Vol. 1

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In the republic of letters, there is no member of such inferior rank, or who is so much disdained by his brethren of the quill, as the humble Novelist: nor is his fate less hard in the world at large, since, among the whole class of writers, perhaps not one can be named of which the votaries are more numerous but less respectable.

Yet, while in the annals of those few of our predecessors, to whom this species of writing is indebted for being saved from contempt, and rescued from depravity, we can trace such names as Rousseau, Johnson,* Marivaux, Fielding, Richardson, and Smollet, no man need blush at starting from the same post, though many, nay most men, may sigh at finding themselves distanced.

The following letters are presented to the public— for such, by novel writers, novel readers will be called, —with a very singular mixture of timidity and confidence, resulting from the peculiar situation of the editor; who, though trembling for their success from a consciousness of their imperfections, yet fears not being

* However superior the capacities in which these great writers deserve to be considered, they must pardon me that, for the dignity of my subject, I have to rank the authors of Rasselas and Eioïse as Novelists,

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