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The Anti-Jacobin Novel  

M. O. Grenby

This essay investigates the conservative, loyalist fiction published in Britain during the French Revolution and its aftermath. A substantial number and a wide variety of these novels were ... More

Authorizing the Novel: Walter Scott’s Historical Fiction  

Ina Ferris

Walter Scott’s historical novel achieved unprecedented success, and almost single-handedly propelled the novel as a genre into the literary field. A potent synthesis of history, romance, ... More

The Beginnings of the American Novel  

Melissa J. Homestead

The beginnings of the American novel form the basis of this article. It traces the birth of novel as a genre in the American heartland. Edward Kimber recorded his experiences of New ... More

Benjamin Franklin  

Kevin J. Hayes

The life, works, and contribution of Benjamin Franklin is the focus of this article. Sailing for England in 1724 aboard the London Hope two months prior to his nineteenth birthday, ... More

The Book Trade at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century  

Peter Hinds

This essay provides an overview of the publishing context at the turn of the eighteenth century out of which the novel would emerge, including the development and early dominance of the ... More

The Book Trade, 1770–1832  

John Feather

The British book trade evolved into a fully modern industry during this period. Its modernity was signalled by more effective copyright laws, clearer divisions of labour and ... More

Business of Fiction: Novel Publishing, 1695–1774  

Michael F. Suarez S.J.

The eighteenth century witnessed a remarkable proliferation of print, with annual publications in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland increasing by more than 350 per cent from the first ... More

Creating a Public Domain in Eighteenth-Century England  

Simon Stern

The advent of statutory copyright in eighteenth-century England raised questions about ensuring access to the materials that writers need to produce new books. The public domain did not ... More

Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer  

David J. Carlson

The basis of this article is the letters from an American farmer. First published in London in 1782, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer represents something ... More

Criss-Crossing the Channel: The French Novel and English Translation  

Gillian Dow

This essay examines the reception of the French novel in Britain in the long eighteenth century and argues that prose fiction in the period developed through translation. Through case ... More

Developments in Sentimental Fiction  

Geoffrey Sill

The sentimental strain in English fiction, which represents men of feeling and women of sensibility engaging in acts of sympathy and benevolence, became prominent in the 1760s through the ... More


Kevin J. Berland

This article throws light on the idea of individualism and the expression of individuality. Titled ‘Diaries’, this article focuses on the importance of records in the form of diaries. The ... More

Dr. Alexander Hamilton  

Kevin J. Hayes

This article focuses on life and work of Dr. Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton happened to spent a night with The Adventures of Joseph Andrews (1742), Joseph Andrews' seminal work and the first ... More

Early American Autobiography  

Susan Clair Imbarrato

Early American autobiography is the main focus of this article. Autobiographical writings in early America tell us how individuals lived and imagined themselves within an evolving culture ... More

Early American Slave Narratives  

April Langley

A discourse on early American slave narratives is the essence of this article. Early American slave narratives shed light on the successful strategies used by black narrators for telling ... More

Early Years, 1771–1795  

Lisa West

This chapter surveys Charles Brockden Brown’s early biography into five sections. The first provides background on eighteenth-century Quaker history and culture in Philadelphia, including ... More

The Eighteenth-Century Psalm  

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis

Integral to both Anglican liturgy and nonconformist devotional practice in the eighteenth century, the “Englished” Psalm supplied a common currency between competing but increasingly ... More

Elegy and the Gothic: The Common Grounds  

Jerrold E. Hogle

This article deals with the Gothic, and seeks to broaden the generic horizon of the study of elegy. It also argues that the relationship of the elegy to the Gothic and vice-versa is much ... More

The Enlightenment  

Adam Roberts

This chapter explores the cultural logic of the Enlightenment as it manifested in the literature of the period, paying particular attention to new idioms of reason, to the imaginary voyage ... More

Epilogue: The English Novel at the End of the 1760s  

Alan Downie

This chapter analyzes the market for the English novel at the end of the 1760s. As far as British fiction is concerned, there were peaks and troughs during the 1760s rather than a steady ... More