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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 fable of the author's own ...
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 who move ...
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 appeared in 1824,
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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