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The notion of the novel as a literary form having something to do with art in the
sense of being consciously made and shaped to an aesthetic end is quite new .
Though there have been few more consummate artists in the novel than Fielding
In her first novels , Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey ( for Pride and
Prejudice , though written in a first version more or less at the same time as those
, had probably been worked over again and again before its publication in 1813 )
The later novelists , however , were writing in some sense against their age ; they
were critical , even hostile , to its dominant assumptions . Their relation to the
reading , public was nearer to that of the twentieth - century novelist than to the ...
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