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But it is fantasy still rooted in the perception of the real , for Beckford's story of the caliph Vathek's pursuit of knowledge and power , in the course of which , Faustlike , he sells himself to the powers of evil , is a statement in ...
She is , for instance , probably the first novelist to use descriptions of natural scenery as a matter of course , but she does not use them merely for decoration or as backcloths ; they have an emotional relationship to the characters ...
And there was , of course , the occasional novel of distinction by a writer outside the main tendencies of the age , the perennially delightful novel of Persian life , J. J. Morier's The Adventures of Hajji Baba , for instance , which ...
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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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