British Fiction, 18001829

?ASHWORTH, John Harvey or ?FRENCH, Augustus. Hurstwood (1823)

Contemporary Reviews

Monthly Review, 2nd ser. 104 (Aug 1824): 446.

The year 1715 and the year 1745 have lately afforded so much matter for the great Scotch novelist, that the public cannot wish for any other writer’s interference on the same subject, nor can it be very prudent in any other to attempt it. In the tale before us, however, the Scotch rebellion of 1715 is made the ground-work of the story: but only so far as to cause the principal dangers of the hero, who was in a degree connected with that event. If, then, this work would not bear comparison with those of the Known-unknown, neither would such comparison be fairly instituted: but it may suffice to say that the composition is far from discreditable to the writer, in point of character, fable, and description; and that it may be perused by the novel-reader not only without injury, but with interest and amusement.

Notes: Listed under ‘Monthly Catalogue: Novels’. Format: 3 vols 12mo; price 16s. 6d. Boards. Publisher: Longman & Co.

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