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Novel beginnings : experiments in eighteenth-century English fiction

Author: Patricia Ann Meyer Spacks
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2007.
Series: Yale guides to English literature.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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[This book] departs from the traditional, narrow focus on the development of the realistic novel to emphasize the many kinds of experimentation that marked the genre in the eighteenth century before its conventions were firmly established in the nineteenth. Treating well-known works like Tom Jones and Tristram Shandy in conjunction with less familiar texts such as Sarah Fielding's The Cry (a kind of hybrid novel and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Ann Meyer Spacks
OCLC Number: 152643321
Notes: Originally published: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2006.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Excitement of beginnings --
Novels of adventure --
Novel of development --
Novels of consciousness --
Novel of sentiment --
Novel of manners --
Gothic fiction --
Political novel --
Tristram Shandy and the development of the novel. --
Afterword: What came next.
Series Title: Yale guides to English literature.
Responsibility: Patricia Meyer Spacks.

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Investigating fiction throughout the 1700s, the author delineates the individuality of specific texts while also suggesting connections among novels. She sketches a range of forms and themes,  Read more...

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