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Smollett belonged to the glorious company of English hackwriters who have
turned their hands to anything. Verse, drama, travel, political writing, a treatise on
midwifery, translation—he translated Cervantes, Le Sage, and Voltaire—and a ...
Balzac, Stendhal, and Flaubert were great Romantics who, instead of turning
away from the , world in disgust, turned towards it in disgust and fought it with its
own weapons. In them realism as an aesthetic creed was born. In Russia things ...
He turned to the novel primarily because it was the dominant literary form of the
time; writing novels was a way of earning a living. It is often said that he had little
interest in the novel as an art-form, but the statement needs constant qualification
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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
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