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The uniformity of the eighteenth-century novel in today's paperbacks and critical editions no longer conveys the early novel's visual exuberance. Janine Barchas explains how during the genre's formation in the first half of the eighteenth century, the novel's material embodiment as printed book rivalled its narrative content in diversity and creativity. Innovations in layout, ornamentation and even punctuation found in, for example, the novels of Richardson, an author who printed his own books, help shape a tradition of early visual ingenuity. From the beginning of the novel's emergence in Britain, prose writers including Daniel Defoe, Jonathan Swift, and Henry and Sarah Fielding experimented with the novel's appearance. Lavishly illustrated with more than 100 graphic features found in eighteenth-century editions, this important study aims to recover the visual context in which the eighteenth-century novel was produced and read.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521090575
ISBN-10: 0521090571
Format: Paperback
(244mm x 170mm x 17mm)
Pages: 316
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Janine Barchas

Janine Barchas is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of Texas at Austin. She is the editor of The Annotations in Lady Bradshaigh's Copy of Clarissa (1998), and has contributed to Essays on Eighteenth-Century Genre and Culture (2001).

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