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Clym is the first of Hardy ' s idealists , the first of what have been called his ' prig
heroes ' , a man conscious all the time of what Hardy himself called ' the ache of
modernism ' . In a sense , he represents Hardy ' s own values : In Clym Yeobright
Fundamental to all this , the principle activating it , was James ' s belief in the
necessity of what he called the Commanding Centre , the unifying element in the
work . In The Spoils of Poynton , the commanding centre was the houseful of ...
It was an attempt to define , on a theoretical basis , what before had been called
Realism . Flaubert himself refused to be called either Realist or Naturalist ; he
saw himself as a French classicist , and dismissed Naturalism as an ' ineptitude ' .
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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
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