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interest for us here is in Mrs Behn's attempt to engraft verisimilitude on to a
conventional story of romance. Mrs Behn came to prose fiction from the heroic
drama, and in essence the story of Oroonoko is that of heroic drama, the story of
In fact, no reader's interest has ever been engaged by the plot of Felix Holt. Holt
himself is a bore, and this against the reader's will, for intrinsically he is an
interesting character. He is never, however, quite allowed to establish himself.
But it may be that the real fructifying interest in the novel will begin to operate only
after the scholiasts have finished their work. In any case, it is exceedingly unlikely
that they would ever have begun it but for Ulysses' obvious and immediate ...
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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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