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When Mrs. Leavis , in Fiction and the Reading Public , says that “ all a novelist
need do is to provide bold outlines , and the reader will cooperate to persuade
himself that he is in contact with ' real people , ” she is describing what goes on
Intellectually , George Eliot herself recognized this , for it is one of the functions of
Philip Wakem , who loves her , to act as Maggie's confidant ; he is in part " the
reader's friend , ” and his job is to elucidate Maggie both to herself and to the ...
The old barriers between the reader and the novelist's characters are down . The
novelist as mediator has almost disappeared . In the past , even in James and
Conrad , the novelist figured as reporter or historian , recounting a sequence of ...
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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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