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