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The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare   By: (1855-1932)

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Transcriber's Note Obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the bottom of this document. Text printed using the Greek alphabet in the original book is shown as follows: [Greek: logos]. Superscript text in the original book is shown as follows: w^ch

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

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=A LITERARY HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH PEOPLE: From the Origins to the Renaissance.= Demy 8vo, cloth, 12s. 6d. nett.

LONDON: T. FISHER UNWIN

[Illustration: QUEEN ELIZABETH.]

THE

ENGLISH NOVEL

IN THE

TIME OF SHAKESPEARE

BY

J. J. JUSSERAND

TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY

ELIZABETH LEE

REVISED AND ENLARGED BY THE AUTHOR

NEW IMPRESSION

London T. FISHER UNWIN PATERNOSTER SQUARE MDCCCXCIX

First Edition, May, 1890. Reprinted November, 1895. Reprinted March, 1899.

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The work here presented to English readers was published in French three years ago in an abbreviated form. Worthy of attention as are the older novelists of Great Britain, it was not to be expected that details about Chettle, Munday, Ford, or Crowne, would prove very acceptable south of the Channel, especially when it is remembered that the history of French fiction, not an insignificant one, from "Aucassin" to "Jehan de Saintré," to "Gargantua," and to "Astrée," still remains to be written. A compressed account of the subject, amounting to scarcely more than a hundred pages of the present volume, was therefore deemed sufficient to satisfy such craving as there was for information concerning Nash, Greene, Lodge, and the more important among their peers. According to the publishers of the book this estimate was not fallacious, and there were no complaints of omission.

When the honour of a translation was proposed for the small volume, it appeared that a more thorough account of the distant forefathers of the novelists of to day would perhaps be acceptable in England; for here the question was of countrymen and ancestors... Continue reading book >>




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