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Romantic To Regency

The novel as a distinct literary form was fathered by Samuel Richardson in 1740 with the publication of ‘Pamela’ the first fiction of everyday life. One of Richardson’s proof readers was Oliver Goldsmith and the novel had to wait until the the coarse age of Fielding and Smollet passed before Goldsmith’s ‘Vicar of Wakefield’ was hailed as a masterpiece, expressing the ‘value of self’ and possessing qualities of romanticism. Passion and horror were emotions essential to the movement and Walpole’s ‘Castle of Otranto’ was a classic example of supernatural romance. Conan Doyle, an admirer of Jane Austen’s work, believed his historical romances were masterpieces.

The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

The uplifting and heroic tale of a north country clergyman. The story is told by Dr. Charles Primrose, 'a priest, and husbandman and the father of a family'. He lives his life of quiet contentment until he loses his indepedent income. Moving to a humbler dwelling near the estate of Squire T…

£20.99

Rodney Stone by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Rodney Stone by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

As well as penning some of the most popular detective fiction, Conan Doyle also wrote thrilling adventure stories. ‘Rodney Stone’ is a combination of both. Nelson, Beau Brummell, Fox and King George III himself appear in a tale at the heart of which is, as one character says, “a p…

£24.99

John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Craik

John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Craik

The greatest romantic narrative novel of the early 19th Century, John Halifax, Gentleman, tells the story of an orphan boy whose first words in the story are “Sir, I want work; may I earn a penny?” By hard work, diligent study and an unshakeable faith in his God John attains wealth and …

£38.99

The Man of Feeling by Henry Mackenzie

The Man of Feeling by Henry Mackenzie

Mackenzie finished writing The Man of Feeling in 1771. It went on to become a bestseller which must have made the author a wealthy man but it also vindicated him because this, his first work, was refused by the publishing world and he was forced to fund the process himself. It is a sentimental nove…

£13.49

Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion by Jane Austen

The illness which curtailed Jane Austens relatively short life may have imparted a mellow quality to her writing for certainly this is a gentler more reflective observation of loves vagaries and follies than her earlier work.It has beensuggested that she modelled her heroine on her own character whi…

£22.99


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