To invent good stories, and to tell them well, are possibly very rare talents, and yet I have observed few persons who have scrupled to aim at both: and if we examine the romances and novels with which the world abounds, I think we may fairly conclude, that most of the authors would not have attempted to show their teeth (if the expression may be allowed me) in any other way of writing; nor could indeed have strung together a dozen sentences on any other subject whatever.
Poetry, indeed, may perhaps be thought an exception; but then it demands numbers, or something like numbers: whereas, to the composition of novels and romances, nothing is necessary but paper, pens, and ink, with the manual capacity of using them.
'Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile' (1855), first printed as a serial in Putnam's, is an historical romance
of the American Revolution, based on the hero's own account of his adventures, as given in a little volume picked up by Mr.
Some of his shorter stories I have found thin and cold to my later reading, and I have never cared much for the 'House of Seven Gables,' but the other day I was reading the 'Blithedale Romance
' again, and I found it as potent, as significant, as sadly and strangely true as when it first enthralled my soul.
As the romance is imperfect, we are not acquainted how the discovery takes place; but it is probably much in the same manner as in other narratives turning on the same subject, where the host, apprehensive of death for having trespassed on the respect due to his Sovereign, while incognito, is agreeably surprised by receiving honours and reward.
In Mr Hartshorne's collection, there is a romance on the same foundation, called King Edward and the Shepherd,* which, considered
The reader has here the original legend from which the incident in the romance is derived; and the identifying the irregular Eremite with the Friar Tuck of Robin Hood's story, was an obvious expedient.
"In your case, then, I'll admit there is a bit of romance," he confessed.
"You see, I had read and dreamed about romance all my life," she was saying, "but I never, in my wildest fancies, thought that I should live it.
It was before that, though, that people had been dinging into my ears that marriage was all any woman could get out of life, and good-bye to romance. Instead of which, with Dad's failure, I fell right into romance."
'Talk about Romance
! And me a slaving the way I had all the years, when as soon as I ventured out, inside three days, this was what happened.
Jo had never tried this style before, contenting herself with very mild romances
for THE SPREAD EAGLE.
'I never thought of the romance
of this particular subject before, certainly,' said Mr.
The three hundred years from 1200 to 1500 were the years of the Metrical Romances. Metrical means written in verse.
The Norman minstrels, then, took English tales and made them into romances. But when the English began once more to write, they turned these romances back again into English.