Bath and the Eighteenth Century Novel, by Mary Hill
Book published by the University of Bath Press in 1989, 76 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3958)
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Bath is one of the oldest and most scenic cities in England. Built by the Romans in the first century at the site of hot springs, Bath remained an important city through succesive centuries because of the waters and its connections with the church and the crown. Its heyday emerged in the mid-eighteenth century and the city became the subject of novels, plays, letters, diaries and poems.....
Virtually every literary figure of the eighteenth century lived in or visited Bath, including such notables as Jane Austen, William Beckford, James Boswell, Fanny Burney, Lord Chesterfield, William Cowper, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Sarah Fielding, Oliver Goldsmith, Smauel Johnson, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Alexander Pope, Ann Radcliffe, Samuel Richardson, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, Sir Richard Steele, Hester Thrale and Horace Walpole. This book looks at various aspects of the city and its contribtion to literature.