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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 to persuade ...
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, populated; and this is why we may quite legitimately talk about a novelist's
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." And he follows the
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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