By A. Stevens
Within the part century prior to Walter Scott's Waverley, dozens of renowned novelists produced old fictions for circulating libraries. This book examines eighty-five renowned historic novels released among 1762 and 1813, taking a look at how the conventions of the style built via a strategy of imitation and experimentation.
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In the next chapter, I begin by looking at the precursors to and influences on the historical novels of my corpus, touching briefly upon seventeenth-century French heroic romances, the chronique scandaleuse, and Daniel Defoe’s novels of the 1720s. I then turn my attention to the two earliest novels in my corpus, Thomas Leland’s Longsword, Earl of Salisbury and Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764). These two works, by two historians and connoisseurs of the medieval romance, reignited interest in historical fiction and set the genre upon a new and more antiquarian direction.
11 Like Leland, Walpole was first and foremost a historian and antiquary and only secondarily a novelist (both men wrote only a single novel each). 12 At the time of the novel’s publication, Walpole was an active member of the London Society of Antiquaries, as the minutes of the Society attest. He was elected to the Society in 1753, attended his first meeting on 14 February 1754, and throughout that decade attended meetings regularly and actively. He was most active during the years 1758–61, when he sat on the council of the Society of Antiquaries (Minutes of the Royal Society).
5. Use the revised formula as a basis for another film. 6. Continue the process indefinitely. (38) Altman illustrates this process through the example of the biographical film or biopic. 1057/9780230275300 - British Historical Fiction before Scott, Anne H. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-11 Historical Novels, 1762–1783 British Historical Fiction before Scott and commercial success with Disraeli, adapted from a successful stage play about the British statesman.