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Plot scarcely exists ; the story is merely a string of incidents and intrigues of which
Wilton is the hero , and the incidents described are pure sensationalism , an "
exposure " of the wickedness of Renaissance Italy as the Elizabethan loved to ...
In these , all his talents come into play , his power of vivid description , his sense
of theater , his irony , his ability to build up to a sustained climax . And what gives
these passages so much of their effect , as it does the backstage political scenes
The values that informed the mid - century , however , were already operating in
the world she described . Yet , like Scott , she gained from the fact that the world
she described was a finished one . Since it was finished , it was static . It could ...
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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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