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Characters in Smollett have become grotesque objects and , deprived of their human appearances , turned into animals or insects , they are deprived of their humanity . They are things to be kicked about , the sport of any crude ...
Smollett belonged to the glorious company of English hack writers who have turned their hands to anything . Verse , drama , travel , political writing , a treatise on midwifery , translation - he translated Cervantes , Le Sage ...
Balzac , Stendhal , and Flaubert were great Romantics who , instead of turning away from the world in disgust , turned towards it in disgust and fought it with its own weapons . In them realism as an aesthetic creed was born .
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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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