Samuel Richardson | Critical Essay by Alan Dugald McKillop

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Samuel Richardson.
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Critical Essay by Alan Dugald McKillop

SOURCE: "Reputation and Influence," in Samuel Richardson: Printer and Novelist, The University of North Carolina Press, 1936, pp. 266-83.

In the following excerpt, McKillop surveys eighteenth-century criticism of Richardson's novels.

Literary history has confirmed the claims of Fielding and Richardson to be considered the founders of a "new species of writing," and sweeping statements about the influence of both men can be made with some show of justification. But it is uncritical to treat later eighteenth century fiction as merely the lengthened shadows of the two great novelists, to credit all the humor and critical realism to Fielding, all the sentimentalism and feminine touches to Richardson. It is safer to content ourselves with a brief study of reputations, rather than to try to weigh the imponderables that make up what we call literary influence. Although reputation and influence are...

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