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Mrs Gaskell is only less successful in Wives and Daughters because she is
working on a large scale . Wives and Daughters is a very perceptive rendering of
the class - structure of a provincial society as seen from the position of a doctor ' s
... haunted level to a mechanical ingenuity of explanation and solution in the
Wilkie Collins manner though worked out with much less than Collins ' s skill .
Uncle Silas represents the horror story in transition to the modern story of
It was immaterial whether he was born or not born , whether he lived or ceased to
live . Life was insignificant and death without consequence . It is a view of life less
commonly held now than at the time the novel was written , for we no longer ...
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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
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