Italy and the English Novel in the Mid-Century

  • Kenneth Churchill


Though many novels continued to appear with Italian characters or Italian settings very few of them around the middle of the century were sufficiently interesting to demand our attention individually; but in order to provide a background for those few, and generally to carry our subject forward, we must briefly characterise the main developments in the fictional convention of Italy which were taking place at this period.


English Literature English Colony Italian Setting Italian Character Illegitimate Child 
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Chapter 11

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