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What matters is Fielding's endless fertility of comic invention . According to
Fielding , Homer had written a comic epic which , had it not been lost , would
have been a model of its kind as his epics are in tragedy . Elizabeth Jenkins , in
This is so regardless of whether he is describing characters that are formally
comic . In Dombey , for instance , or Carker in the same novel , or Headstone in
Our Mutual Friend , Dickens is concentrating so exclusively on the obsessional ...
But The House by the Churchyard is also a horror story , and the horror and the
comic extravaganza do not fuse at all . Le Fanu was expert in touching the nerve
that twitches to the fearful , as expert as anyone who has written . His effects of ...
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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