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It is direct , unaffected , the product of a mind stored with knowledge of men and
of books — he is always driving a point home with an apt quotation , from the
classics or from Shakespeare . He is telling a story , the action of which has been
The mind receives a myriad impressions — trivial , fantastic , evanescent , or
engraved with the sharpness of steel . From all sides they come , an incessant
shower of innumerable atoms ; and as they fall , as they shape themselves into
the life ...
Sterne had good philosophical and psychological bases for his view of the mind '
s workings ; he was writing in accord with Locke ' s theory that the association of
ideas in the mind was an irrational process , but he was also writing as it were a ...
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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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