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Their relation to the reading public was nearer to that of the twentieth - century novelist than to the early Victorians . The difference may be indicated easily enough . “ It was part of the felicity of the fifties to possess a ...
So that very early in Dickens criticism , at any rate from the time of Bagehot's essay , the later , darker manifestations of Dickens's genius began to be deplored . Chesterton regretted them , and Hesketh Pearson , in his popular ...
... largely as an historical document illustrating early Victorian attitudes to a social problem and the early Victorian fear , which amounted almost to hysteria , of the poor . North and South , for one thing , THE EARLY VICTORIANS 211.
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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