?SMITH, Orton. Varieties of Life (1815)
Monthly Review, 2nd ser. 79 (Feb 1816): 214.
We have seldom met with a novel which more palpably betrayed a
variety of authors than the present publication. The serious passages,
and the history of Maitland and his skeleton, are below mediocrity:
but those readers, who will trouble themselves either to peruse
or to skip over these sentimental horrors, will be rewarded by the
comic and natural delineations contained in Elizabeth’s letters
to her sister; and by other parts which afford an amusing exhibition
of various forms of society and shades of manners, while they convey
a caution against the desire of attaining to a sphere of life for
which we are not fitted by habits and education.
Notes: Listed under ‘Monthly Catalogue: Novels’. Format:
3 vols 12mo; price 18s. Boards. Publisher: Longman & Co.
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