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We , however , come to Richardson with two centuries of novels behind us ; it is
scarcely possible for us to imagine the intense shock of novelty that Pamela must
have had for its first readers . There had been nothing like it before . In addition ...
He imposed himself , not by conforming to English notions of good form , but by
differing from them as violently as possible . His first novel , Vivian Grey ,
published in 1826 , when its author was only twenty - two , was a prophetic work .
It may safely be asserted with regard to the closeness of his cuts , that had it been
possible for the edge of the sword to leave in the air a permanent substance
wherever it flew past , the space left untouched would have been almost a mould
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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