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Defoe stands to these in the relation of a prosaic Leonardo . Without benefit of a university , he was a man of wide learning , speaking half a dozen languages and reading seven . His interests and activities were many ; he was in turn ...
And she did more than this : she perceived the relation between the local habitation and the people who dwell in it . She invented , in other words , the regional novel , in which the very nature of the novelist's characters is ...
without the sense of an audience in intimate relation with him he was less than himself . His public readings have been deplored , but they indicate the intensity of his craving for what was almost a symbiotic relation with his public .
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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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