18th Century

18th Century works were written between 1700 and 1799.

These were the years where the modern novel began to take shape. Styles of the 18th century include neoclassicism, sentimentalism, histories, epistolary novels, and gothic novels.

This era covers the Age of Enlightenment right up until the Romantic Era. Here you can find the French Revolution, Goethe, Sterne, Voltaire, Richardson, and Radcliffe, among others.

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Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded, Shamela, and Joseph Andrews

18th Century

This November, I want to celebrate that with a month dedicated to essential romance novels from classic literature. Romance is not a genre I often read, but these books have made a profound impact on literature in general, and as such deserve their due consideration and analysis. This is a review of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded and two books best read with it Shamela and Joseph Andrews, both by Henry Fielding.

A Journal of the Plague Year

18th Century

The difficulty of the year has me turning to books more than ever as a soothing distraction and in my search for them I can’t help but notice the decided uptick in plague literature. Most of the books I have seen mentioned I’ve read before all of this began — but this one was sitting in my to-read stacks. This is a review of Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of a Plague Year.

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

18th Century

The little details and techniques matter, and can be the difference between a good book and an unforgettable one. This book changed the way I saw font, style, technique, and it showed me the power of humour to be as immortal as literature itself. This is a review of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy.