Sir Walter Raleigh (essay date 1894)
SOURCE: "The Novels of the Eighteenth Century," in The English Novel: A Short Sketch of Its History from the Earliest Times to the Appearance of "Waverly", John Murray, 1894, pp. 180-215.
[In the following excerpt, Raleigh considers whether Rasselas belongs to the novel genre.]
The contributions of Johnson and Goldsmith to prose fiction are examples of pure eighteenth-century work. It was in the year 1759, some months before the publication of the earliest instalment of Tristram Shandy, that the great Cham descended into the arena of the novelists with his moral apologue called The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. His immediate object in...
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