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The pleasure we get from it comes from the fact that it is as it is ; if it were
something else our pleasure would be different . And we do not “ understand "
the poem by paraphrasing it , by " translating " it into prose . The meaning of the
In his own time he seemed an original novelist ; he was in fact a profoundly
derivative one , though this does not , of course , reduce his merit for his own time
. He came first under the influence of Godwin ; his first novel , published in 1827 ...
Here , in range , diversity , and number , he is unsurpassed by any English
novelists save Scott and Dickens . This is due doubtless to the fact that he
approached life without theories and preconceptions ; he is both the least
intellectual and the ...
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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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