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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 ...
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 ...
Set George Eliot's renderings of rural life beside Hardy's: hers are generally
slightly earlier in time, yet however sequestered the scenes described may be,
they strike one as much more modern. The industrial revolution is not far away,
nor is ...
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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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