ABSTRACT

The three most important, original, and influential British novelists in the early nineteenth century are Jane Austen, Walter Scott, and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. All three are writers profoundly influenced by Cervantes and Don Quixote. They represent the first phase of the Cervantic novel in nineteenth-century England, and thus this essay opens with a consideration of some of their major writings. Next, I will turn to other British novelists of the nineteenth century, then take a look at Cervantic fictions in twentieth-century Britain, and finish with some contextualizing summary comments. 1