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His strength lay in his specialized knowledge ; it would be almost true to say that he had to become a politician before he could become a novelist . But within his limitations he grasped and expressed ...
Fairyland has become nightmare ; the ' bad fairies are merely absurd no longer ; they have become ogres . “ Make ' em laugh , make ' em cry . . " In Oliver Twist the emphasis is wholly on the second precept of the formula .
It becomes a splendid smoke screen , a dazzling tapestry of magnificently sonorous language . ... The confidence trick occurs when , the tragic vision having failed or become momentarily blurred , the grand style falls into rhetoric .
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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
THE EARLY VICTORIANS
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