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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
himself that he is in contact with ' real people , ' ” she is describing what goes on ...
I was lately struck , in reading over many pages of Anthony Trollope , with his
want of discretion in this particular . In a digression , a parenthesis or an aside ,
he concedes to the reader that he and this trusting friend are only " making
The old barriers between the reader and the novelist ' s characters are down .
The novelist as mediator has almost disappeared . In the past , even in James
and Conrad , the novelist figured as reporter or historian , recounting a sequence
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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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