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When at this time reality did enter English fiction it came from the least expected
of quarters and in the least expected of forms. Bunyan was fifty when he
published The Pilgrim's Progress in 1678. He had of course no thought of writing
a novel; ...
His protest was in the name of religion and morality; but, by making his central
characters in his first two novels women, and opposing them to the libertinage of
men, he did much to elevate the position of women, not least in their own eyes.
Some of the characters at least are suggested by life: Scythrop is based on
Shelley, and not only in his inability to choose between two equally loved young
ladies; Mr. Flosky is Coleridge; Mr. Cypress, Byron. The satire dazzles; the
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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