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Popular Fiction before Richardson: Narrative Patterns 1700–1739

John J. Richetti


This is a study of those narratives which were written and widely read in England during the first 40 years of the eighteenth century, but which have been hitherto neglected or despised by historians of the novel. The author makes no claims for these works as literary achievements. They are seen, rather, as vigorous and highly successful commercial exploitations of enduring stereotypes such as the criminal, the traveller-merchant, the persecuted maiden, and the aristocratic seducer. Placing them against the background of the age, the book sets out to account for the attractiveness of such figu ... More

Keywords: eighteenth century, novel, commercial exploitations, stereotypes, Richardson, Fielding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112631
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Richetti, author
University of Pennsylvania