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festation of a rare confidence in civilization and reason , did not last long ; and
when it came , the discovery of the past , of the Middle Ages in particular , was an
event in the development of the Western mind second in importance only to the ...
In other words , in such novels the ambience in which the characters move is as
important as the characters themselves . Mrs Radcliffe , though not to the same
extent or in so sophisticated a manner , uses her landscape and castle in this
The year 1800 , however , is a date of the first importance in the history of English
fiction , indeed of world fiction , for in that ... hold - good : ' Whereas Jane Austen
was so much the better novelist Maria Edgeworth may be the more important .
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The Eighteenth Century
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