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Much more lively and affecting must be the style of those who write in the height of a present distress ; the mind tortured by the pangs of uncertainty ( the events then hidden in the womb of fate ) ; than the dry , nar . rative ...
... distinguished between the present and the past . Then , with the beginning of the eighteenth century , the past , the great ages of Greece and Rome always excepted as peaks of human achievement moderns might possibly equal but could ...
His prose , besides , is as far removed as it can be from our present ideas of what constitutes good style . At its worst , it is rebarbatively Teutonic and vulgar , and at its best , except when it fuses into poetry , it is too ...
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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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