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Eighteenth Century Fiction

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This collection brings together 96 complete works of English prose from the period 1700 - 1780 by writers from the British Isles.

Key areas covered include:

Epistolary novels

  • Samuel Richardson's Pamela (1740) and Clarissa (1748)
  • Tobias Smollett's Humphry Clinker (1771)
  • Fanny Burney's Evelina (1778)


Novels of sentiment

  • Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey (1768)
  • Henry Brooke's The Fool of Quality (1765 - 70)
  • Henry Mackenzie's The Man of Feeling (1771)
  • and works by Frances Brooke, Charlotte Lennox and Frances Sheridan

Documentary fictions

  • Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719) and A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)

Allegorical narratives and satires

  • Mary de la Rivi�re Manley's The New Atalantis (1709)
  • Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726 and 1735 editions)
  • Francis Coventry's The History of Pompey the Little (1751)
  • Samuel Johnson's Rasselas (1759)
  • Richard Graves, The Spiritual Quixote (1773)

Gothic novels

  • Clara Reeve's The Old English Baron (1780)
  • Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764)

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