The Adventures of Lindamira, a Lady of Quality

The Adventures of Lindamira, a Lady of Quality

The Adventures of Lindamira, a Lady of Quality

The Adventures of Lindamira, a Lady of Quality

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Young lovers unhappily separated by fine feelings and selfish relatives; the influence upon art of that perpetually rising creature, the middle class; the question of how the English novel found nourishment at its roots -- these are matters which the conscientious student of life and modern letters should not neglect. Yet few people have acquainted themselves with one of the important documents for such study, The Adventures of Lindamira, published in London in 1702. The explanation for the long neglect of this interesting little book is, I fear, the one given by Mr. D. B. Wyndham Lewis to account for his having ignored certain source books on François Villon -- namely, that copies could be found only in libraries. It is to remedy such a lamentable state of affairs that the present edition of Lindamira is put forth.

There are several reasons, beyond the pleasure that its story might give, why Lindamira should be known. It is one of the earliest novels of English domestic life; it revealed, decades before Pamela, the value to the serious narrative artist of the epistolary pretense; nine years before Mr. Spectator phrased the need of tempering wit with morality and enlivening morality with wit Lindamira appeared in print doing almost that and appealing, as Mrs. Behn and Mrs. Manley notoriously did not do, to the tastes of genuinely respectable ladies; and not least, the book is a remarkable demonstration of how something of . . .

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