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The critical approach to our contemporaries must differ from the critical approach to writers of the past, if only because we are too near our contemporaries and share too much with them the situation of our own time.
... of the situation of their time , and what that situation was is as plain in his work as in Fielding's . Fielding , it has often been said , saw it as his task to reform the manners of the age ; Richardson , by delineating models of ...
It is only in a few passages in The Old Wives ' Tale and The Clayhanger Family that we are brought face to face not merely with the human situation at a given date and place in North Staffordshire but with the eternal human situation .
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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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