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of the eighteenth century the word "respectable" was applied to persons worthy of
respect for moral excellence. Then the meaning changed somewhat; the word
was applied to people of "good or fair social standing," with the moral qualities ...
But at the word "naturalistic" one must pause. Words applied to literary and
artistic movements revolutionary in their day have seldom any precise meaning.
They are emotive words, slogans, battle cries to rouse the faithful. Often, as with
plied to the French painters of the second half of the nineteenth century, they
come into existence quite by chance, as journalistic coinings that are seized
upon and given currency as convenient labels. Naturalism, naturalistic, are such
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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 FIRST GENERA
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