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Ian Watt

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Literary critic and literary historian Ian Watt (1917-1999) was a professor of English at Stanford University. His The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding (1957) is an important work in the history of the genre.

Although written in 1957, "The Rise of the Novel" is still considered by many contemporary literary scholars as the seminal work on the origins of the novel, and the social and cultural climate of the time, that brought this about.

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