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He is a pure humorist and a pure sentimentalist, and humour and feeling are
alike ends in themselves. There is no satire in his humour; the laughter his
characters provoke is of the gentlest. There are, for instance, Mr Shandy, the
theorist with ...
Often his attitude and his humour anticipate surprisingly some aspects of Dickens
. Peter Simple is a charming story, and a most vivid account of life in the Royal '
Navy in the early years of the century. But what gives it its distinction is not so ...
When he accepts them without intervention of moral scruples, rejoices in them for
their own sake, the result is pure humour: Pickwick, the Wellers, Micawber, Boffin
or, greatest of them all, Mrs Gamp. When sympathy is withheld or he feels a ...
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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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