Desire and Truth offers a major reassessment of the history of eighteenth-century fiction by showing how plot challenges or reinforces conventional categories of passion and rationality. Arguing that fiction creates and conveys its essential truths through plot, Patricia Meyer Spacks demonstrates that eighteenth-century fiction is both profoundly realistic and consistently daring.
A reassessment of the history of 18th c. fiction showing how plot challenges or reinforces conventional categories of passion and rationality. Spacks (English, U. of Virginia) explores how in spite of their ostensible commitment to morally sanctioned truths, the plots often suggest (and condone) the alternative truths of desire. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)