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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.
In conclusion, allow me to express my regret that you can find no better employment for your talent than the writing of novels.
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.
You are very right, friend," said the curate; "but for all that, if the novel pleases me you must let me copy 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.
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.
It is long since I frequented it, and if the novels that describe its present singularities are accurate much in it is now changed.
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.
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