Samuel Richardson (1689-1761)

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Who is credited with creating the novel of character?

Samuel Richardson

Which author brought dramatic intensity and psychological insight to the epistolary novel?

Samuel Richardson

Which work is usually considered the first fully-realized English novel?

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded

Who is credited with being the first English novelist to perfect the form of the novel told in letters?

Samuel Richardson

Which author is known for considering his works as moral preachments?

Henry Fielding

Who was instrumental in the emergence of the novel as a respected literary form?

Henry Fielding

'Tom Jones' and 'Joseph Andrews' contain essays that aim to define and explain what literary genre?

Novel

Who is credited with being best known for his picaresque novels?

Tobias Smollett

Which author is associated with the English Realistic School in literature?

Henry Fielding

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Samuel Richardson

  • Created the novel of character and brought dramatic intensity and psychological insight to the epistolary novel
  • First English novelist to perfect the form in which he chose to work
  • Wrote characters that are complete and complex human beings
  • Major works:
    • Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded (1740-41): considered the first fully-realized English novel, told through a series of letters
    • Clarissa (1747-48)

Henry Fielding

  • British writer, playwright, and journalist, founder of the English Realistic School in literature with Samuel Richardson
  • First to unashamedly write novels, instrumental in the emergence of the novel as a respected literary form
  • Major works:
    • Joseph Andrews (1742)
    • Tom Jones (1749): contains essays defining and explaining the novel as a literary genre

Tobias Smollett

  • Scottish poet and author
  • Best known for his picaresque novels

Learn about Samuel Richardson, the English novelist who pioneered the novel of character and brought dramatic intensity to the epistolary novel. Discover how Richardson perfected the form of the novel told in letters, showcasing psychological insight in his works.

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