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Samuel Richardson, the founder of the modern English novel, gave shape to a previously unformed literary genre. Instrumental in the development of this new art form, Ira Konigsberg contends, is the influence of the drama. Although scholars have long suspected the influence of drama on Richardson's writing, this is the first study to examine it in detail.
In such matters as material, technique, and structure, Konigsberg seeks to show that Richardson found his precedents in Restoration and early eighteenth-century drama and that it was his integration of these dramatic elements with fiction which caused the mutation in genre that is responsible for the subsequent course of the English novel.
Ira Konigsberg is associate professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Samuel Richardson, English novel, History of the novel
Literature in English, British Isles
Konigsberg, Ira, "Samuel Richardson and the Dramatic Novel" (1968). Literature in English, British Isles. 41.