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But it is fantasy still rooted in the perception of the real , for Beckford's story of the
caliph Vathek'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 .
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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