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through character can the novelist's apprehensions of man's fate be uttered at all . When Mrs. Leavis , in Fiction and the Reading Public , says that " all a novelist need do is to provide bold outlines , and the reader will cooperate ...
Every novelist , then , gives us in his novels his own personal , idiosyncratic vision of the world . The vision is acted out by images of men and women . It is , so to speak , popu . lated ; and this is why we may quite legitimately ...
When he speaks of the novelist's calling as " a sacred office ” he means what he says . He has just been describing the novel as history : “ That is the only general description ( which does it justice ) that we may give the novel .
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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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