The Neglected Muse: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Tragedy in the Novel (1740-1780)

The Neglected Muse: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Tragedy in the Novel (1740-1780)

The Neglected Muse: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Tragedy in the Novel (1740-1780)

The Neglected Muse: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Tragedy in the Novel (1740-1780)

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This essay on tragedy as viewed by the eighteenth-century novelists is a sequel to my Thespian Mirror (1953), which presented their attitudes towards the plays of Shakespeare. The materials are based on a study of about seven hundred fifty novels written between 1740 and 1780. In the demanding task of establishing the bibliography of fiction during these years I should like again to record indebtedness to the work of Mr. Andrew Block and Dr. Frank G. Black, as well as to the histories of the novel by Dr. Ernest Baker, Miss J. M. S. Tompkins, and Dr. James R. Foster. The admirable collection of fiction in the Harvard College Library has been the foundation of the present volume. Unless otherwise specified in the notes, the novels considered may be found there. The place of publication of books is London, unless otherwise noted. With regard to the text of passages quoted from novels, common eighteenth-century spellings have been allowed to stand. The figures for the number of performances of the tragedies at Drury Lane and Covent Garden have the authority of the remarkable calendar of performances, unhappily not yet available in print, The London Stage (1660-1776), compiled and edited byDr. Emmett L. AveryDr. Emmett L. Avery,Dr. Arthur H. ScoutenDr. Arthur H. Scouten, Dr. George Winchester Stone, Jr.Dr. George Winchester Stone, Jr., andDr. William B. Van LennepDr. William B. Van Lennep, who graciously permitted me to investigate their files in the Folger Shakespeare Library.

I wish to express my thanks for many courtesies to the directors and staffs; of the following libraries in the United States: the Harvard College Library, the Yale University Library, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of the University of Pennsylvania, the Library of Brown University, and the Boston Public Library. In England I received invaluable help at the British Museum and the Bodleian libraries, and in London Dr. John C. Hardy generously permitted me to examine his beautiful collection of minor fiction.

For special assistance I wish to thank Mr. H. Glenn Brown, Mrs. Christine D. Hathaway, Professor Frederick W. Hilles, Professor . . .

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