Benjamin Disraeli: Coningsby

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For writing Coningsby, or The New Generation (1844), Benjamin Disraeli, who had moved from a modestly successful career as a novelist into the limelight of political life, is widely credited with inventing the political novel. “Disraeli has created a new type [of novel]”, says Robert Blake in his biography of Disraeli. “[Coningsby] is essentially political, written to expound a political creed” (190). Although earlier novels, such as William Godwin’s Caleb Williams (1794) and Robert Bage’s Hermsprong (1796), had dealt with such abstract political ideas as reason, justice, and government, it was not until Coningsby that a novel devoted itself primarily to the activity …

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Clausson, Nils. "Coningsby". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2012
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