British Fiction, 18001829

ANON. Splendour of Adversity, The (1814)

Contemporary Reviews

Critical Review, 4th ser. 5 (May 1814): 550.

‘Black-Rock House, The Winter in Bath, Corinna of England, the Dead Letter Office,’ and other productions have already made the author of this article known to the ladies and gentlemen, for whose especial amusement the multitude of modern novels, with which the press teems, have been provided—the Splendour of Adversity will not only add to their entertainment, but, which unfortunately can be said of very few recent novels, amend the heart. The characters of Saverland and Mallows, a pious conscientious parish priest and an obstinate flinty hearted farmer—are drawn with much feeling and judgment. This novel is a very respectable attempt to call novel readers back to a love of truth and nature; if it does not succeed the fault must be with those for whose improvement the Splendour of Adversity is designed.

Notes: Listed under ‘Monthly Catalogue: Novels’. Format: 3 vols 12mo; price 15s. Publisher: Crosby.

Monthly Review, 2nd ser. 73 (Mar 1814): 320.

Though the title of this book may be deemed affected, the tale will be found simple, and rather pleasing; some of the characters are drawn with skill and discrimination; and the tendency of the whole is favourable to virtue. We must, however, point out a few expressions which should be corrected, if an opportunity be afforded by a second edition of the work. Vol. i. p. 237., ‘Augustus has learnt his mother,’ instead of taught. —Vol. ii. p. 75., ‘heightening countenance,’ for heightening colour; p. 107., ‘to listen at the roaring of a bull;’ 126., ‘neither the one or the other,’ &c. &c.

Notes: Listed under ‘Monthly Catalogue: Novels’. Format: 3 vols 12mo; price 15s. Boards. Publisher: Crosby & Co.

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