British Fiction, 18001829

?SMITH, Orton. Varieties of Life (1815)

Contemporary Reviews

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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