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Much more lively and affecting must be the style of those who write in the height of a present distress ; the mind tortured by the pangs of uncertainty ( the events then hidden in the womb of fate ) ; than the dry , nar . rative ...
... distinguished between the present and the past . Then , with the beginning of the eighteenth century , the past , the great ages of Greece and Rome always excepted as peaks of human achievement moderns might possibly equal but could ...
When the reaction against the age set in , among intellectuals in the nineties , among the general public in the first twenty years of the present century , the Victorians were commonly charged with smugness , complacency , hypocrisy ...
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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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