The Birth of the British Novel

A link here for anyone who missed it to the excellent BBC4 programme that was on the other night, cataloguing the origins and development of the British novel in the 18th century. Not perfect by any means, (where was Tobias Smollett, for example?), this was a refreshingly passionate exploration of the ways in which the novel as medium was formulated and defined. I’m not sure if this is part of a series or not, and whether next week we’ll move into the 19th century, but it’s worth watching anyway.

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