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plots of the later novels. They were a necessary structure for him. Dickens was
not a realistic novelist: his one attempt at something that may be called realistic,
David Copperfield, is marvelous but a failure: "He begins," as Chesterton says, "
But The Warden is merely the gateway to Barsetshire, and his full powers are not
seen until later in the series. The note of these early books, of Barchester Towers,
for instance, is an easy humor, and there is always the suspicion that the ...
... 113-115 differences between earlier and later Victorian novelists, 153- 155
Victorian social consciousness contrasted with French and Russian, 154-155
effect of Victorian idea of respectability on the novel, 156- 161 European
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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