The first real novel in the modern sense was written by Samuel Richardson, and published in 1740.
He then told me that he had a novel ready for the press, which he produced to me.
I shall confine myself to correcting a few misapprehensions which have, I am told, arisen among readers who from inveterate habit cannot bring the persons and events of a novel
into any relation with the actual conditions of life.
Having copied her novel
for the fourth time, read it to all her confidential friends, and submitted it with fear and trembling to three publishers, she at last disposed of it, on condition that she would cut it down one third, and omit all the parts which she particularly admired.
While they were talking Cardenio had taken up the novel
and begun to read it, and forming the same opinion of it as the curate, he begged him to read it so that they might all hear it.
The hero of the novel
was already almost reaching his English happiness, a baronetcy and an estate, and Anna was feeling a desire to go with him to the estate, when she suddenly felt that HE ought to feel ashamed, and that she was ashamed of the same thing.
Once when I was on tour I worked myself to a shadow, dramatizing a novel
. Nothing came of that, either.'
It is long since I frequented it, and if the novels
that describe its present singularities are accurate much in it is now changed.
I hope I have given some assurance that the adventures of my dog hero in this novel
are real adventures in a very real cannibal world.
From the trial of James Stewart my husband gleaned much valuable material for his novel
, the most important being the character of Alan Breck.
My elder brother, for whom there was no place in the office where I worked, had found one in a store, and he beguiled the leisure that light trade left on his hands by reading the novels
of Captain Marryat.
Thus a swarm of foolish novels
and monstrous romances will be produced, either to the great impoverishing of booksellers, or to the great loss of time and depravation of morals in the reader; nay, often to the spreading of scandal and calumny, and to the prejudice of the characters of many worthy and honest people.