A collection of prefaces, reviews and articles by Americans on American and European fiction. Charted in these three volumes, which span 1776 to 1900, is the movement from anxious defences of the novel as a necessary vehicle of truth and morality to fully-fledged theoretical exfoliations.

chapter 1|1 pages

The Evening Book

chapter 2|14 pages

James Fenimore Cooper

chapter 3|14 pages

The Moral and Artistic in Prose Fiction

chapter 4|7 pages

Nathaniel Hawthorne

chapter 5|10 pages

Nathaniel Hawthorne

chapter 6|2 pages

Anglo-American Literature and Manners

chapter 7|13 pages

Pierre; or, the Ambiguities

chapter 8|4 pages

William Gilmore Simms, LL.D.

chapter 10|4 pages

Preface to the Yemassee

chapter 11|11 pages

Novels: Their Meaning and Mission

chapter 16|8 pages

The Duty of Southern Authors

chapter 17|9 pages

Ideals in Modern Fiction

chapter 18|13 pages

Southern Literature

chapter 19|2 pages

Caroline M. Kirkland

chapter 20|3 pages

Catharine M. Sedgwick

chapter 21|3 pages

Harriet Beecher Stowe

chapter 22|3 pages

Lydia M. Child

chapter 23|6 pages

Matter of Fact and Matter of Fiction

chapter 24|10 pages

Nathaniel Hawthorne

chapter 25|20 pages

James Fenimore Cooper

chapter 26|13 pages

War and Literature

chapter 28|7 pages

Jane Austen

chapter 30|12 pages

Novels and Novel-Writing

chapter 32|5 pages

Miss Ravenel’s Conversion

chapter 33|5 pages

The Decline of the Novel

chapter 34|4 pages

Literature Truly American

chapter 35|8 pages

Poe and Hawthorne

chapter 36|7 pages

The Great American Novel

chapter 38|10 pages

American Novels

chapter 39|6 pages


chapter 40|7 pages

Mark Twain

chapter 41|17 pages

Growth of the Novel

chapter 42|15 pages

The Novel and Its Future

chapter 43|13 pages

Ivan Turgénieff