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In the half century before Walter Scott's Waverley, dozens of popular novelists produced historical fictions for circulating libraries. This book examines eighty-five popular historical novels published between 1762 and 1813, looking at how the conventions of the genre developed through a process of imitation and experimentation.


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In the half century before Walter Scott's Waverley, dozens of popular novelists produced historical fictions for circulating libraries. This book examines eighty-five popular historical novels published between 1762 and 1813, looking at how the conventions of the genre developed through a process of imitation and experimentation.

11 review for British Historical Fiction before Scott

  1. 4 out of 5

    Camila

    Overall the book is well written and the argument is solid. However, I found the definition given by the author of the historical novel rather simplistic. Another flaw of the book is the argument that the historical novel developed simply because of commercial reasons; the author repeats many times that "Scott wanted to increase his sales". Although I think that the publishing industry does have a huge influence over the development of literary genres, I'm sure other reasons played important rol Overall the book is well written and the argument is solid. However, I found the definition given by the author of the historical novel rather simplistic. Another flaw of the book is the argument that the historical novel developed simply because of commercial reasons; the author repeats many times that "Scott wanted to increase his sales". Although I think that the publishing industry does have a huge influence over the development of literary genres, I'm sure other reasons played important roles in the rise of the historical novel.

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    Anne Stevens

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    Dixie

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  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Neff

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joseph-Daniel Peter Paul Abondius

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