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The Novel in Motley

A History of the Burlesque Novel in English

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674422841

Publication Date: 01/01/1936

301 pages


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During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the burlesque novel occupied a more significant and influential place in literature than it has done since. It frequently performed both the useful task of criticism and the pleasant one of amusement; in the hands of capable writers it often attained a positive merit. Archibald Shepperson has traced its history and development from Richardson to Thackeray, discussed the main types and authors, and given a most useful descriptive list of burlesque and parody burlesque novels with the date and medium of publication, the novel or novels at which the parody is aimed, and a further description of the more important parodies. He has combined readability with completeness and accuracy in a most entertaining volume.

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