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For the moment , Peacock has become the crank in question , Mr . Escot , Mr .
Flosky . He has apprehended the essence of a theory , a dogmatic point of view ,
and it is as though the theory , the dogmatic point of view , is parodying itself .
... above all in that of the riots . As a novelist Disraeli ' s limitations were many and
obvious . His strength lay in his specialized knowledge ; it would be almost true to
say that he had to become a politician before he could become a novelist .
Fairyland has become nightmare ; the bad fairies are merely absurd no longer ;
they have become ogres . “ Make ' em laugh , make ' em cry . . . " In Oliver Twist
the emphasis is wholly on the second precept of the formula . There is laughter ...
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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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