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At this point the unsatisfactoriness of the plot reveals itself . By his very nature
Booth is a doomed man ; in reality not even an Amelia could have saved him .
But in the last pages , all is put right : it is discovered that the will by which Amelia
Scott , in fact , was a great writer of fiction who was never a good novelist . He
was doing something profoundly new in fiction , but he was hamstrung all the
time as a novelist by using old methods . He took over the old complex plot of the
Perhaps he was influenced by Mrs . Gaskell , as in later novels he was certainly
influenced by Wilkie Collins , who was the greatest master of plot of his time ; the
indebtednesses are unimportant because the change had to come . ' The great ...
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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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