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He was putting forward the classical theory of comedy, a view later restated by
Meredith in his famous essay. Yet he was doing his own creations less than
justice. He points out, rightly enough, that the great master in English of the kind
Comedy deals with the conflict between illusion and reality; “Know thyself!” is the
imperative of every comic writer. Miss Austen began to write as a child and wrote
all her life. In her first novels, Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey (for ...
The narrator is at once of and outside the society described, detached enough to
know that it is comic and to rejoice in the comedy, but her affection for it such that
no comedy was ever less satirical; the humor is an expression of love, the love ...
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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 FIRST GENERA
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