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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 ...
His strength lay in his specialized knowledge; it would be almost true to say that
he had to become a politician before he could become a novelist. But within his
limitations he grasped and expressed the essential situation of his times with a ...
As soon as Pickwick and Sam Weller were set in juxtaposition the kind of book he
was writing must have become apparent to him : the benevolent, idealistic,
unworldly master, the hard-bitten, humorous, realistic servant : it was an
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The Eighteenth Century
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