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Yet the effect of the Elizabethan drama, and of Shak speare above all, on the
novel in England can scarcely be overestimated. It was immeasurably greater
than that of the fiction of the period. To read the great Elizabethan plays as novels
is no ...
It means that in the last analysis we respond to the later novels as to great poems
, for their effect is that of poetry, the poetry, as David Cecil has suggested, of the
late Elizabethan drama, the plays of Webster and Ford and Tourneur.
He is saying, in effect, much what Wyndham Lewis has said in The Writer and the
Absolute: ... there is in all those arts which parallel nature something like a law
obliging the artist to a fanatical scrupulosity, as it were a physical incapacity ...
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The Eighteenth Century
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