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The critic of the Athenaeum said on the first publication of Lavengro : “ It can hardly be called a book at all . ” In a way he was right . He also said it was merely a “ collection of bold picaresque sketches .
Clym is the first of Hardy's idealists , the first of what have been called his " prig heroes , " a man conscious all the time of what Hardy himself called " the ache of modernism . " In a sense , he represents Hardy's own values : In ...
It was an attempt to define , on a theoretical basis , what before had been called Realism . Flaubert himself refused to be called either Realist or Naturalist ; he saw himself as a French classicist , and dismissed Naturalism as an ...
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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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