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One symbol of this aspect of Victorian respectability was the banishment of
Fielding. He was read, and much admired; but he was no longer public reading.
Tom Jones was kept on the top shelf of the study, or relegated to the billiard-room
her fourth and a much better one: it has an interest today beyond that of Mary
Barton, which survives largely as an historical document illustrating early
Victorian attitudes to a social problem and the early Victorian fear, which
amounted almost ...
... 102; Jane Austen and the pure novel, 103-4; 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
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The Eighteenth Century
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