The Gentle Craft
In works such as 'The Gentle Craft' it is possible to discover the beginnings of the literary form that is to gestate into the novel - long before the more universally recognised contributions of Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding and Tobias Smollett. Shoemakers in London form the basis of the story.
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