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Richardson's is a dramatic technique ; the letters the characters write to one
another are the equivalent of dramatic speeches ; and while we read Clarissa or
Sir Charles Grandison we exist, as we do when watching a play or a film, in a ...
Grandison is indeed Richardson's 'just man made perfect', and for all the
excellences of the novel, its admirable dramatic passages, he is in the end no
more convincing than the virtuous in fiction usually are. He is, in fact, too much of
a good ...
The novel was not a play however dramatic it might be, and among the
distinctions between the two forms was the possibility, which belonged to the
novel alone, of setting up a fine central intelligence in terms of which everything
in it might be ...
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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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