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Since Shakespeare has always ' been the ultimate standard of comparison for
imaginative writing in our language , the novel was bound to approximate to the
mixed ... Great work of prose though it is , it is by no stretch of imagination a novel
Disraeli combined a curiously romantic , indeed histrionic , imagination with a
genius for the necessary compromises and calculating realism of ordinary politics
. This romantic imagination is seen at its most grandiose not in Coningsby but in ...
Characters such as these haunt the imagination as no naturalistically conceived
personages could do : they haunt because they are not wholly rationally
explicable ; they have the magical compulsion of figures from the unconscious . It
is the ...
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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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