William Warner's Syrinx: or, A Sevenfold HistoryPublic Deposited
William Warners Syrinx, or a Sevenfold History, may be the first English novel. Unlike others of the time, though, Warner wrote a realistic novel whose ancestors include the adventure stories of Alexandrine romance, and focus not on the tales of an aristocratic class but on the lives of middle-class individuals. Wallace A. Bacons critical edition brings Warners important novelwith its young protagonists being dragged through many adventures, tried and tested by Fortune, with their tales being brought to a close by auspicious godsto life, preserving it and introducing it to new generations of readers. Bacons critical apparatus, including an extensive introduction, provides significant context for Warners work, assessing its key role in the history of the novel and in the history of early modern literature.
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