18. The Werther model is examined in Maximillian E. Novak, "The Sensibility of Sir Herbert Croft in Love and Madness and the 'Life of Edward Young'" in The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual, ed. Paul Korshin, vol. 8, New York: AMS Press, 1977. Novak sees Croft's text as an important "exercise in abnormal psychology bordering on madness" (p. 190) and analyses the plethora of literary allusions in the letters as part of the presentation of Hackman as "a person who sees his world through examples, both literary and real...", p. 193.

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