Anna Barbauld: The British Novelists (1602 words)

In 1810, the London bookselling firm of F. C. and J. Rivington and their associates brought out a handsomely bound and pricey fifty volume collection of twenty-five novels spanning the previous century of British literature. Entitled The British Novelists, the publication constituted a landmark in the history of the British novel. No collection that professed to offer complete texts of a definitive set of exclusively British novels had as yet made its way to the public. A few ostensibly authoritative collections of poetry had been published, most notably Samuel Johnson’s Works of the English Poets (1779-81). International anthologies and selections of abridged British novels had appeared, as had complete works of a …

Waters, Mary. "The British Novelists". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 January 2007
[, accessed 23 July 2017.]

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.