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THE BEGINNINGS ife as hor felike and , such earer that 3 the 1 the orlds and Is ,
is stand have such King y IV Yet the effect of the Elizabethan drama , and of
Shakespeare above all , on the novel in England can scarcely be overestimated .
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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