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They failed him in Amelia, and they failed all those who may be considered in this
respect his followers, whether Scott, Dickens, or Meredith in The Adventures of
Harry Richmond. But this is no criticism of Fielding, merely evidence that for more
of the eighteenth century the word “respectable” was applied to persons worthy of
respect for moral excellence. Then the meaning changed somewhat; the word
was applied to people of “good or fair social standing,” with the moral qualities ...
In some respects, his simplest and most successful tragic novel is The Mayor of
Casterbridge. ... This almost animal impercipience removes him far away from the
tragic heroes of Shakespeare, and yet, in one respect at any rate, it is Macbeth ...
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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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