British Historical Fiction before Scott

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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.


Fiction | History | Intellectual History | Literature in English, British Isles | Nonfiction


Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print


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