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His style is commonplace , so that he relies wholly on the interest of his subject -
matter ; when the subject - matter is dull Trollope is dull . He has no sense of form
: he was content to produce a story that would , somehow , fill three volumes of ...
The seriousness of these European writers was both moral and aesthetic ; it is
not always a simple matter to distinguish one from the other . But it is not by
accident that this seriousness of intent came into our fiction consciously with
The root of the whole matter ' , he said , “ is that a novel is not a transcript of life ,
to be judged by its exactitude ; but a simplification of some side or point of life , to
stand or fall by its significant simplicity . ' With this James had no difficulty in ...
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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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