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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 ...
Generally his characters are alive in their dialogue only in the vernacular. Then it
is not easy to imagine richer dialogue. It is, therefore, untrue to say that Scott
could not create women characters. He creates most vivid ones, so long as they
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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