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At this point the unsatisfactoriness of the plot reveals itself. By his very nature
Booth is a doomed man; in reality not even an Amelia could have saved him. But
in the last pages, all is put right: it is discovered that the will by which Amelia had
He took over the old complex plot of the eighteenth-century novelists, with its
young hero on whom the thread of action is hung and its romantic love interest.
The great authority of Scott gave this kind of plot another half century of life in the
Perhaps he was influenced by Mrs. Gaskell, as in later novels he was certainly
influenced by Wilkie Collins, who was the greatest master of plot of his time; the
indebtednesses are unimportant because the change had to come. The great ...
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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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