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The theme is the incursion into politics of a young and brilliant adventurer just out
of his teens whose first principle is that everything is possible. “In England,
personal distinction is the only passport to the society of the great. Whether this ...
They are political novels, almost the only true political novels in the language.
Other novelists have attempted political novels, among them Trollope. But what
Trollope concentrates on, in books like Phineas Finn and The Prime Minister, is
In the Barset novels Trollope populated a whole county in the most satisfying
detail and diversity, but there is no hard and fast distinction between the later
novels of the series and those that have been classified as political and satirical.
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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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