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His novels were all issued serially, generally in monthly parts. This alone
explains many of the structural deficiencies of his work. Every installment had to
come to a climax of suspense, action and excitement must be maintained at all
"This," he is saying, "is life as I have known it"; and he comments on the action
and characters as he, goes along, makes a generalization, and illustrates it with a
brilliant scene, a passage of dialogue, which always takes the action a little ...
Analysis does not create him; in a sense indeed, it is as it were detachable from
him, almost as though it were an essayist's running commentary on the inimitably
dramatized action. But it does illuminate him as the representative of a type.
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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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