First published in 1968, this collection of essays and reviews represents all that Sir Walter Scott wrote on the subject of novels and novelists, and will be invaluable for the study of Scott, both as novelist and critic. The work provides a survey of the novel at an important period of its development and offers an historical perspective not normally available in one volume.
Part 1: From lives of the novelists 1. Samuel Richardson 2. Henry Fielding 3. Tobias Smollett 4. Oliver Goldsmith 5. Laurence Sterne 6. Henry Mackenzie 7. Horace Walpole 8. Clara Reeve 9. Ann Radcliffe 10. Alain le Sage 11. Charles Johnstone 12. Robert Bage 13. Jonathan Swift 14. Daniel Defoe 15. Charlotte Smith Part 2: Ocassional Essays and Reviews 16. Fleetwood by William Godwin 17. Fatal Revenge by Dennis Murphy 18. John de Lancaster by Richard Cumberland 19. Emma by Jane Austen 20. Tales of My Landlord by Walter Scott 21. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 22. Women by Maturin 23. The Omen by John Galt 24. On the Supernatural in Fictitious Composition, and Particularly on the work of Ernest Theodore William Hoffmann 25. The Adventures of Hajji Baba 26. The Pilgrim's Progress ed. Robert Southey Part 3: From the Prefaces 27. Auhorship 28. The Most Legitimate Plan 29. On Contemporary Fiction 30. The Historical Novel 31. Methods of Construction 32. On Popularity 33. Under Interrogation