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It is an exhaustive list of Peacock's victims , but his satire at their expense is not that of the censor or the moralist . Its end is laughter , good - humored , tolerant laughter at that . As Friar John , in Maid Marian , says : “ The ...
For Nightmare Abbey is a satire on the English romantic movement , which Peacock knew at first hand . Some of the characters at least are suggested by life : Scythrop is based on Shelley , and not only in his inability to choose between ...
This makes Peacock's satire the best - natured in the world . It glows with sympathy , and , when appropriate , bursts into beauty in its own right . For Peacock was always a poet , and he is never more a poet than in his 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 EARLY VICTORIANS
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