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History and the early English novel : matters of fact from Bacon to Defoe

Author: Robert Mayer
Publisher: Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Series: Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought, 33.
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"This new study of the origins of the English novel argues that the novel emerged from historical writing. Examining historical writers and forms frequently neglected by earlier scholars, Robert Mayer shows that in the seventeenth century historical discourse embraced not only "history" in its modern sense, but also fiction, polemic, gossip, and marvels. Mayer thus explains why Defoe's narratives were initially read  Read more...
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Mayer, Robert, 1948-
History and the early English novel.
Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1997
(DLC) 96009608
(OCoLC)34989949
Named Person: Daniel Defoe; Francis Bacon; Francis Bacon, Viscount St. Albans; Francis Bacon; Daniel Defoe
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Mayer
ISBN: 0585131090 9780585131092 9780521563772 0521563771
OCLC Number: 44959725
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 246 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in eighteenth-century English literature and thought, 33.
Responsibility: Robert Mayer.

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"This new study of the origins of the English novel argues that the novel emerged from historical writing. Examining historical writers and forms frequently neglected by earlier scholars, Robert Mayer shows that in the seventeenth century historical discourse embraced not only "history" in its modern sense, but also fiction, polemic, gossip, and marvels. Mayer thus explains why Defoe's narratives were initially read as history. It is the acceptance of the claims to historicity, the study argues, that differentiates Defoes fictions from those of writers like Thomas Deloney and Aphra Behn, important writers who nevertheless have figured less prominently than Defoe in discussions of the novel. Mayer ends by exploring the theoretical implications of the history-fiction connection. His study makes an important contribution to the continuing debate about the emergence of what we now call the novel in Britain in the eighteenth century."--Jacket.

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