Samuel Richardson | Critical Essay by Ira Konigsberg

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Samuel Richardson.
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Critical Essay by Ira Konigsberg

SOURCE: "The Dramatic Novel," in Samuel Richardson & The Dramatic Novel, University of Kentucky Press, 1968, pp. 95-124.

In the excerpt following, Konigsberg examines several epistolary techniques used by Richardson in his novels and explains how Richardson's handling of dialogue and visual descriptions enabled him to achieve effects typically attained only in the theater.

… A performed drama is immediately real to our senses; it creates life before our eyes. We see the people and events, hear the voices and clamor of life. These same dramatic qualities are suggested by the playbook: dialogue and stage action are transcribed in words which suggest a pattern of images that create in our minds the entire scene.

It was this dimension that fiction required in order to create the illusion of a more normal world and treat life more seriously. Until 1740 the novel was...

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