This volume presents fifteen original essays that move from structural and thematic subjects to matters of historical and cultural significance. Contributors to Quick Springs of Sense cover a remarkably wide variety of the literary interests and figures of England from the Augustan Age until midcentury including the periodical, Gulliver's Travels, Defoe, Fielding, the episodic vel as a genre, Smollett, Sterne, and the poetry of Swift and Pope. Its variety and liveliness aptly convey the vigor of the neoclassical age itself where there were many quick springs of sense.
Larry S. Champion is a professor emeritus and former head of the English department at North Carolina State University. He is the author of numerous other books and editor of Quick Springs of Sense: Studies in the Eighteenth Century and Shakespeare's Tragic Perspective: _x001F_ The Development of His Dramatic Technique (both Georgia).