Baker, Ernest A. The History of the English Novel, vols. III-V. New York: Barnes & Noble, Inc. 10 vols., 1950.
Selection from a comprehensive history of the novel. The volumes cited focus on the late seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries, discussing the romance, the development of realism, the novel of sentiment, and the Gothic novel.
Butt, John. The Mid-Eighteenth Century. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979.
Survey of English literature after 1740, with chapters on major novelists and other prose fiction.
Cruse, Amy. The Shaping of English Literature and the Reader's Share in the...
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