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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 ...
1 mercy of constant improvisation ; the diverting incidents could be governed by
the characters whom they befell . As soon as Pickwick and Sam Weller were set
in juxtaposition the kind of book he was writing must have become apparent to ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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