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W W Norton & Co, New York - first edition ISBN:0393028011, 1990. Hardcover, 6½" x 9½", with dust jacket. Ours is an ex-library copy in transparent protective covering, with usual stamps, stickers, barcode, etc. VERY GOOD book in VERY GOOD unclipped dust jacket. What did people read before there were novels? Not necessarily just other 'literary' works, according to this fascinating study of the beginnings of the English novel. Rather than searching for 'literary' ancestors and seeking intellectual origins in high culture, this study examines the printed material available to the reading public before there were novels to read and finds in their features and concerns evidence that the early novelists wrote with simple and basic human and cultural needs in mind.