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THE HISTORY OF FICTION.

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THE

HISTORY OF FICTION:

BEING

A CRITICAL ACCOUNT

OF THE MOST CELEBRATED

PROSE WORKS OF FICTION,

FROM THE EARLIEST GREEK ROMANCES TO THE NOVELS OF THE

PRESENT DAY.

BY JOHN DUNLOP.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. I.

FROM THE SECOND LONDON EDITION.

PHILADELPHIA:

CAREY AND HAR T.

1842.

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C. Sherman & Co. Printers,

19 St. James Street.

ADVERTISEMENT

TO

THE SECOND EDITIO N.

WHEN two volumes of the following work were printed, and most part of the third sent to the press, I received the 26th Number of the Quarterly Review, containing a criticism on the first edition of the History of Fiction. In the present edition, I fatter myself I have greatly improved the book, partly by adding a variety of new articles-partly by a more exact analysis of some rare productions, of which I had formerly been unable to obtain a perusal, and concerning which I was therefore obliged to trust to secondary sources. It is not impossible, however, that those who candidly admit that they engage in the charitable “ employment of groping about for flaws and blemishes,” (Quart. Review, p. 406,) may still discover or make some of their Dulcia Vitia. I certainly do not yet pretend to

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