Introduction: Works of Another Hand

  • Natasha Simonova
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


Despite Dr Johnson’s pronouncement, the number of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century books that were ‘wished longer’ by their readers considerably exceeded this list of three. Many of those readers, in fact, went beyond wishing by actually writing continuations to the texts they read, adapting the characters, settings, and plots in order to tie up loose ends or tell further stories. This meant that it was, indeed, occasionally difficult to ever reach the ‘last page’ of a popular work, or to decide who ought to have the ‘last word’ about what those pages ought to contain.


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  1. 5.
    The latter case is described by George Wasserman in “That Paultry Story”: The Spurious Hudibras: The Second Part (philological Quarterly 71.4 [Fall 1992]: 459–77).Google Scholar
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    For a discussion of the Roxana continuations, see P. N. Furbank and W. R. Owens, ‘The “Lost” Continuation of Defoe’s Roxana’ (Eighteenth-Century Fiction 9.3 [1997]: 299–308)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Nicholas Seager, ‘Prudence and Plagiarism in the 1740 Continuation of Defoe’s Roxana’ (The Library 104 [2009]: 357–72).CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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