I noticed the other day that my brother was reading Pamela by Samuel Richardson. Then I spotted Roxana by Daniel Defoe in his stack. Intrigued, I asked him about all these “name” books he was suddenly reading.
Turns out that one of his classes next semester focuses on the 18th-century English novel, and that he’ll also be studying:
- Belinda by Maria Edgeworth
- The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smollett
- Henrietta by Charlotte Lennox
- The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless by Eliza Haywood
- The Life and Death of Jonathan Wild, the Great by Henry Fielding
Quite a name-centric syllabus, isn’t it?
I’m not familiar with these authors, but many of their other titles also feature names. Some examples:
If I’m able to wrest either Pamela or Roxana from my brother’s vice-like grip long enough to finish one of them, I’ll come back and give you a book report. :)