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other than the lyric poet—to create characters ... long ago invaded criticism of the
novel.” Character, it is contended, is the creation of the reader, not the writer.
Doubtless it is no argument to say that novelists themselves have commonly ...
It has often been noted that there is no communication between the characters in
a Dickens novel: they are isolated, self-soliloquizing beings borne along each
upon his balloon of individual fantasy. Here, it seems to me, Dickens is much
For the English, there is always a tendency for character to be an end in itself,
valuable in its own right; the French are interested in a character as the instance
of a general law or because a general law may be deduced from it. Perhaps this
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Remember when literary critics read books and wrote about them? No? Well, I do now. He got a few things wrong - what did these people ever see in H.G. Wells? In Meredith? That they should be put next ... Read full review
The Eighteenth Century
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