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... to how many articles in periodicals and reviews of new fiction , those of Edwin
Muir during his long spell on the Listener , for example , published during the
past twenty - five years ; to books on subjects formally quite unrelated to fiction .
The year 1800 , however , is a date of the first importance in the history of English
fiction , indeed of world fiction , for in that year Maria Edgeworth published her
short novel Castle Rackrent . Not her first book , it was her first work of fiction ...
What was the current fiction the young Thackeray and Dickens were reading ?
Jane Austen had been dead fifteen years , Scott was to die in 1832 itself .
Crotchet Castle had appeared in 1831 , Peacock ' s last novel for thirty years . It
was a ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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