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Plot scarcely exists ; the story is merely a string of incidents and intrigues of which
Wilton is the hero , and the incidents described are pure sensationalism , an “
exposure " of the wickedness of Renaissance Italy as the Elizabethan loved to ...
That Reade had genuine powers of description , shown , for example , by the
description of the bursting of the dam and the flood in Put Yourself in His Place ,
cannot be denied ; but again it is description of the coarsest theatrical kind . One
... English novelist who could have got away with it . One thing , however , is clear
: the woman so described could not possibly be a fit wife for the single - minded
idealist who “ had a conviction that the want of most men was knowledge of ...
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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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