The History of the English Novel

The History of the English Novel

The History of the English Novel

The History of the English Novel

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It was originally intended to deal in a single volume with the history of English fiction from Lyly and Sidney to Defoe and Swift--that is, from the developments coming into view at the end of the volume published in 1924, dealing with "The Age of Romance; from the Beginnings to the Renaissance," to the time immediately preceding the advent of Richardson and Fielding. This would have resulted, however, in such an unwieldy tome that subdivision was necessitated. The present volume closes, not with any definite landmark, but with a halting-place in a period of transition. The next must needs hark back, and consider various belated survivals of romance that were more or less contemporaneous with the gradual approach to realism; it will end with Defoe and Swift. The succeeding volume, the fourth, will be concerned with Richardson and Fielding and their immediate followers. I am indebted to my colleague, Mr Oswald Doughty, for kindly reading the proofs, and to my old student, Mr Egbert E. Smart, for the compilation of an excellent analytical index.

E. A. B.

August, 1928 . . .

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