A novel by H. Mackenzie, published 1771.
The work is generally considered to have been the most influential ‘novel of sentiment’. The author deliberately fragments the story and explains that the MS has been mutilated; the effect is of a series of abrupt concentrated episodes. Harley is the hero, whose unwavering benevolence and acute sensibility are demonstrated through various scenes in which he assists the down‐trodden, loses his love, and fails to achieve worldly success.
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