Prefaces to Fiction
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...l'Esprit_ (1736-38) wastranslated in 1751 and is the novel which Yorick helped the_fille de chambre_ slide into her pocket. Crébillon was damned, however, in _The World_ (No. 19, May 10, 1753) in an essay that, oddly enough, reminds one of d'Argens's Letter 35. The work referredto in the third footnote on page 258 is _Le Chevalier des Essars etla Comtesse de Berci_ (1735) by Ignace-Vincent Guillot de LaChassagne. The last footnote on that page refers to G. H. Bougeant'ssatire, _Voyage Merveilleux du Prince Fan-Férédin dans la Romancie_(1735). The preface which William Warburton was invited by Richardson tosupply for Volumes III and IV of _Clarissa_ when they first appearedin 1748 has never, I think, been reprinted in full. Richardsondropped it from the second edition (1749) of _Clarissa_, probablybecause he relished neither its implication that he was followingFrench precedents nor its suggestion that his work was one "of mereAmusement. " In the "Advertisement" in the first volume...