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Monsters are what men become in the novels of Tobias Smollett (1721-71).
Lismahago, in Humphry Clinker, the most humane of his works, is described thus:
He would have measured about six feet in height, had he stood upright; but he ...
Smollett attacked his age precisely where it was most vulnerable, where it was
dirty and diseased. If we today think of the eighteenth century in terms of its
architecture, then Smollett shows us what lies beyond the sobriety and elegance
of the ...
On this Smollett caps further absurdities of wild invention. The description of
Trunnion's death is a rare instance of Smollett's power of pathos : it has always,
and righdy, been compared with the death of Falstaff. Smollett belonged to the ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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