The Plot of Time: Narrative Form in Hume, Fielding, and Gibbon

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The Plot of Time: Narrative Form in Hume, Fielding, and Gibbon

Leo Braudy


Leo Braudy’s first book was published in 1975 with Princeton University Press under the title Narrative Form in Fiction and History: Hume, Fielding, and Gibbo. It was, and still is, an ambitious book, broad in scope, meticulous in focus. Written with many of the structuralist and linguistic concerns that occupied the Postmodernists soon after its release, it lacks – thankfully – the obtuse jargon and rigid theoretical framework that has stigmatized that body of work. Braudy has a command of subject – both literary and historical – and of prose that is worthy of the historians he is studying.

The Figueroa Press reissue includes a forward written by Hayden White.


“a subtly argued and carefully crafted book”
-Hayden White

“a remarkable monograph…. a distinct advance in historiographical study”
-George H. Nadel
American Historical Review

“a brilliant book – and should come to be an important and influential one… original and provocative”
-Frank McConnell
Philological Quarterly

“sparkles and scintillates with insight”
Yale Review

“an astute reader whose perceptions often illuminate his subject with dazzling clarity”
-Martin C. Battestin
Modern Language Quarterly

Publication Date11/2003 ISBN: 0972762574 Number of Pages 341
Author Biography
Leo Braudy is University Professor and Bing Professor of English at the University of Southern California. His many books include The World in a Frame: What We See in Films, The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and its History, and From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity.
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