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We know, too, what the novelist sets out to do when he writes a novel. Like any
other artist the novelist is a maker. He is making an imitation, an imitation of the
life of man on earth. He is making, it might be said, a working model of life as he ...
through character can the novelist's apprehensions of man's fate be uttered at all.
When Mrs. Leavis, in Fiction and the Reading Public, says that "all a novelist
need do is to provide bold outlines, and the reader will cooperate to persuade ...
When he speaks of the novelist's calling as "a sacred office" he means what he
says. He has just been describing the novel as history: "That is the only general
description (which does it justice) that we may give the novel." And he follows the
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s THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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