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But it is fantasy still rooted in the perception of the real, for Beckford's story of the
caliph Wathek's pursuit of knowledge and power, in the course of which, Faust-
like, he sells himself to the powers of evil, is a statement in fable of the author's ...
Marryat, of course, was of a different generation, and came to fiction in middle
age after a distinguished career as a naval officer, but Lytton and Disraeli were
born in the decade before that which saw the births of the great Victorians. Yet
Mrs Gamp, of course, is the shining example in Dickens of what I have called the
poetry of the comic; only a great poet could have invented her; she belongs to the
same order of creation as Falstaff. *-- ~ It has often been noted that there is no ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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