Novels, Society and History – Notes
Rise of the Novel
The wide circulation of printed copies and circulating libraries made the novel a popular genre.
The first novels were written in the 17th century but novel writing blossomed in the 18th century.
The aristocrats, gentlemanly class and the upcoming lower middle class became the first readers of novels in England and France.
Women became active readers and writers of novels.
Writing was not considered an ideal profession for women so women writers used false name or pseudonyms.
Novels for young boys aroused the adventure of visiting and conquering new lands.