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With the rise of the novel in the mid-eighteenth century came the rise of sentimentalism. While the fondness for sentiment embarrassed later literary critics, it originally legitimized a morally suspect phenomenon: the novel. This book describes that legitimation, yet it looks beyond the narrowly literary to the lives and expressed philosophies of some of the major writers of the age, showing the language of feeling to be a resource of philosophers like David Hume and Adam Smith, as much as novelists like Richardson and Sterne.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198122524
ISBN-10: 0198122527
Format: Paperback
(217mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Pages: 270
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Sep-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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