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Lord Colambre and Grace Nugent, the hero and heroine, are to the point here.
Colambre is a very passable attempt at a hero, for after Fielding and until we
come to Meredith the great English novelists generally fail with their heroes. That
It made him set at the centre of his fictions the romantic hero and the romantic
heroine. It is the fate of the romantic hero to be colourless, and perhaps Scott's
are no more so than Nicholas Nickleby; the one hero who does emerge as a
The subject is self-determination, the hero the young man in revolt against his
family background and the values it represents. One can't say such novels would
not have been written except for Butler's example: they include Bennett's ...
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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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