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He took more pride in being a gentleman than in being a writer of genius, but the
writing of plays was at least compatible with being a gentleman. It was not yet so
with fiction writing. Its public was 'low', its status that of a commodity for the ...
psychological states in man, as well as to the great host of crude thriller-writers of
the present day. The last decade of the century was, in fact, distinguished by the
excellence of the fiction it produced. William Godwin's Caleb Williams appeared ...
standpoint of one who had taken part in them but was writing in the days of
George II, helped greatly to overcome some of Thackeray's weaknesses in
dealing with his own time. At least we are free of the obsession withsnobs and
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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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