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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 shopkeeper
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 conditioned
, receives its ...
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. It was one 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