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The English Novel
George Saintsbury

The English Novel

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The English Novel...............................................................................................................................................1 George Saintsbury
....................................................................................................................................2 PREFACE................................................................................................................................................3 CHAPTER I. THE FOUNDATION IN ROMANCE..............................................................................4 CHAPTER II. FROM LYLY TO SWIFT.............................................................................................15 CHAPTER III. THE FOUR WHEELS OF THE NOVEL WAIN........................................................31 CHAPTER IV. THE MINOR AND LATER EIGHTEENTH−CENTURY NOVEL[7]......................51 CHAPTER V. SCOTT AND MISS AUSTEN......................................................................................71 CHAPTER VI. THE SUCCESSORS—TO THACKERAY.................................................................79 CHAPTER VII. THE MID−VICTORIAN NOVEL.............................................................................88 CHAPTER VIII. THE FICTION OF YESTERDAY—CONCLUSION............................................101

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The English Novel

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The English Novel

George Saintsbury

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• PREFACE.
• CHAPTER I. THE FOUNDATION IN ROMANCE
• CHAPTER II. FROM LYLY TO SWIFT
• CHAPTER III. THE FOUR WHEELS OF THE NOVEL WAIN
• CHAPTER IV. THE MINOR AND LATER EIGHTEENTH−CENTURY NOVEL[7] • CHAPTER V. SCOTT AND MISS AUSTEN
• CHAPTER VI. THE SUCCESSORS—TO THACKERAY
• CHAPTER VII. THE MID−VICTORIAN NOVEL
• CHAPTER VIII. THE FICTION OF YESTERDAY—CONCLUSION
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THE ENGLISH NOVEL
BY
GEORGE SAINTSBURY
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH LONDON: J.M. DENT &SONS LTD. BEDFORD STREET, STRAND 1913 NEW YORK: E.P. BUTTON &CO.

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PREFACE.

It is somewhat curious that there is, so far as I know, no complete handling in English of the subject of this volume, popular and important though that subject has been. Dunlop's History of Fiction, an excellent book, dealt with a much wider matter, and perforce ceased its dealing just at the beginning of the most abundant and brilliant development of the English division. Sir Walter Raleigh's English Novel, a book of the highest value for acute criticism and grace of style, stops short at Miss Austen, and only glances, by a sort of anticipation, at Scott. The late Mr. Sidney Lanier's English Novel and the Principle of its Development is really nothing but a laudatory study of “George Eliot,” with glances at other writers, including violent denunciations of the great eighteenth−century men. There are numerous monographs on parts of the subject: but nothing else that I know even attempting the whole. I should, of course, have liked to deal with so large a matter in a larger space: but one may and should “cultivate the garden” even if it is not a garden of many acres in extent. I need only add that I have endeavoured, not so much to give “reviews” of individual books and authors, as to indicate what Mr. Lanier took for the second part of his title, but did not, I think, handle very satisfactorily in his text. I may perhaps add, without impropriety, that the composition of this book has not been hurried, and that I have taken all the pains I could, by revision and addition as it proceeded, to make it a complete survey of the Novel, as it has come from the hands of all the more important novelists, not now alive, up to the end of the nineteenth century.

GEORGE SAINTSBURY.
Christmas, 1912.
THE ENGLISH...
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