The first real novel in the modern sense was written by Samuel Richardson, and published in 1740.
He then told me that he had a novel ready for the press, which he produced to me.
In conclusion, allow me to express my regret that you can find no better employment for your talent than the writing of novels.
I shall confine myself to correcting a few misapprehensions which have, I am told, arisen among readers who from inveterate habit cannot bring the persons and events of a novel into any relation with the actual conditions of life.
Another says, `It's one of the best American novels
which has appeared for years.
I do not remember even the names of the other novels
, except 'Jacob Faithful,' which I chanced upon a few years ago and found very, hard reading.
To invent good stories, and to tell them well, are possibly very rare talents, and yet I have observed few persons who have scrupled to aim at both: and if we examine the romances and novels
with which the world abounds, I think we may fairly conclude, that most of the authors would not have attempted to show their teeth (if the expression may be allowed me) in any other way of writing; nor could indeed have strung together a dozen sentences on any other subject whatever.
You are very right, friend," said the curate; "but for all that, if the novel
pleases me you must let me copy it.
The hero of the novel
was already almost reaching his English happiness, a baronetcy and an estate, and Anna was feeling a desire to go with him to the estate, when she suddenly felt that HE ought to feel ashamed, and that she was ashamed of the same thing.
Once when I was on tour I worked myself to a shadow, dramatizing a novel
Garrow, whose subtle cross-examination of witnesses and masterly, if sometimes startling, methods of arriving at the truth seemed more thrilling to us than any novel
She told Teresa and Miss Pole the other day that she had got up all the local colour--this novel
is to be about modern Italy; the other was historical--but that she could not start till she had an idea.