The English Novel Background Readings Author:Lynn C. Bartlett (Editor), William R. Sherwood (Editor) A collection of pertinent documents that are contemporary with the classic English novels of the 18th and 19th centuries: Tom Jones, Clarissa, Tristam Shandy, Emma, The Heart of Midlothian, Wuthering Heights, Vanity Fair, Bleak House, Middlemarch, and Jude the Obscure. — This collection, in addition to illustrating changes in literary theory and ... more »public preference, contains a variety of materials chosen to help the student to appreciate the workings of the creative imagination, including the ways in which the novelist makes use of history and literature as well as daily experience and the ways in which he comes to terms with the practical demands of editing and publishing.
Some of the items that will serve this purpose are comments by the novelists themselves on the intentions and reception of their work -- such as Richardson's on Clarissa and Hardy's on Jude the Obscure. Others are excerpts from notes and plans -- such as Dickens' for Bleak House and George Eliot's for Middlemarch. Still others are historical and literary 'sources' -- such as portions of the record of William Maclauchlane's trial, for The Heart of midlothian; the Bridegroom of Barna, for Wuthering Heights; and Gleig's Story of the Battle of Waterloo, for Vanity Fair.« less