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In 1678, a tinker and itinerant preacher, in jail for his religious convictions, wrote
The Pilgrim's Progress; in 1719, a failed haberdasher who had turned journalist
and government spy wrote Robinson Crusoe, and, three years later, Moll ...
As a novel it is fantastic; Disraeli when he wrote it had no practical experience of
politics. Lath-and-paper personae, masks for the author himself, engage in
scintillating conversation against a two- dimensional background, a world whose
He wrote, of the genesis of the Tietjens books: "I needed someone, some
character, in lasting tribulation — with a permanent shackle and ball on his leg. ...
A physical defect it could not be, for if I wrote about that character he would have
to go ...
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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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