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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 had
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
eighteenth-century novelists, with its young hero on whom the thread of action ...
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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