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His one excursion into fic . tion of some length , The History of Rasselas , Prince of Abyssinia ( 1759 ) , for all its apparent exoticism of scene , is a statement of values uncorrupted by the cult of sensibility .
tion , on art and the problems and fates of makers of art . He was changing , and when towards the end of the nineties he returned to the novel he did so as the great innovator . Yet his work was not so much different from what had gone ...
... did it incidentally , and from an entirely different point of view , twenty years later : he put religious dissent into fiction not as something eccentric to the main tradi , tion of our history but as part of its main stream .
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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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