|Devonshire, M. G. The English Novel in France:
1830-1870 (New York: Octagon Books, 1967).
Devonshire discusses the reception of Alton Locke, Yeast, Westward Ho!, and Two Years Ago in France during the third quarter of the nineteenth century and provides short extracts from some of the reviews. The French, declares Devonshire, did indeed praise Kingsley for the literary value of the novels, though they objected to the excessive sermonizing. However, the main interest of the French lay in the novelsí social, political, and historical background and their attitude to reform rather than in the actual stories.