The Greek Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction

The Greek Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction

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The Greek Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction

The Greek Romances in Elizabethan Prose Fiction

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The subject of this book has not, as far as I know, been treated before. Though the influence of Greek fiction upon the fiction of the Renaissance has been noticed at some length by Dunlop and by Professor Warren; and though Herr Brunhuber, Herr Oeftering, and Mr. Moody have observed a portion of Sidney's indebtedness to the Greek Romances; yet no other attempt has been made, I believe, to disengage the characteristics of Greek Romance and to trace them into English fiction of any period. The present attempt results in the discovery of a distinct vein of influence in Elizabethan literature, and in some interesting specific discoveries: viz., that Heliodorus and Longus are respectively a secondary and a primary source of Shakespeare; that Lyly Euphues probably occupies a place in a long tradition that goes back to Greek Romance; and that both Sidney and Greene were steeped in the matter and the style of Greek fiction. The further discovery that Sidney went so far as to remodel his "Arcadia" upon the pattern of Heliodorus's narrative structure would have been impossible but for Mr. Dobell's find of manuscripts of the "Old Arcadia." To all my known predecessors I make grateful acknowledgment, both here and in the text.

The present study has been confined to the five chief writers of Elizabethan fiction, -- Lyly, Sidney, Greene, Nash, and Lodge. Minor writers like Sanford and Warner, even when known to . . .

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