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... Russian fiction, then, has a sweep and range of subject, an audacity of inquiry,
that we do not find in early Victorian fiction. Like the French, though at a later date
, it was to have a profound effect on the English novel; but the great Victorians ...
... its appeal by the disreputableness of his own behaviour and that of his friends.
What we often think of as typically Victorian, especially in its attitude towards sex,
had become dominant years before the Queen came to the throne.
... Io9–4; differences between earlier and later Victorian novelists, 133–4;
Victorian social consciousness contrasted with French and Russian, 134–5;
effect of Victorian idea of respectability on the novel, 135–9; European influence,
and growth ...
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