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Plot scarcely exists; the story is merely a string of incidents and intrigues of which
Wilton is the hero, and the incidents described are pure sensationalism, an "
exposure" of the wickedness of Renaissance Italy as the Elizabethan loved to ...
In these, all his talents come into play, his power of vivid description, his sense of
theater, his irony, his ability to build up to a sustained climax. And what gives
these passages so much of their effect, as it does the backstage political scenes,
That Reade had genuine powers of description, shown, for example, by the
description of the bursting of the dam and the flood in Put Yourself in His Place,
cannot be denied; but again it is description of the coarsest theatrical kind. One is
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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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