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It made him set at the center of his fictions the romantic hero and the romantic heroine . It is the fate of the romantic hero to be colorless , and perhaps Scott's are no more so than Nicholas Nickleby ; the one hero who does emerge as ...
The subject is self - determination , the hero the young man in revolt against his family background and the values it represents . One can't say such novels would not have been written except for Butler's example ; they include ...
He is in many ways the hero of a fairy story , but a hero he is , and has his moment of recognition as such , when , having failed to kill himself and fire his shop for the insurance , he rescues his neighbor's aunt .
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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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