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3 “ Scott is a novelist over whom we shall violently divide . " Thus E. M. Forster , in
Aspects of the Novel : and if we want the case against Scott we cannot do better
than continue the quotation : He is seen to have a trivial mind and a heavy style ...
It is a commonplace of Scott criticism to say that he approached his characters
from the outside , presented , so to say , the public view of them ; which , after all ,
is very much what an historian like Macaulay did with his characters ; but Scott ...
ers we can see what Scott meant to a later generation of European writers , to
Mérimée , for example , with his wonderful Mateo Falcone . Looking back on
Scott's novels in memory , at any rate on the Scottish ones , which are his best ,
we tend ...
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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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