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Plot scarcely exists ; the story is merely a string of incidents and intrigues of which
Wilton is the hero , and the incidents described are pure sensationalism , an '
exposure ' of the wickedness of Renaissance Italy as the Elizabethan loved to ...
This can scarcely be questioned when one remembers the characters of the
novel , those sharp , scathing sketches of the moneyconscious , the Veneerings ,
Podsnap , Fledgeby , the Lammles . Any account of Dickens is inadequate .
But social life as we find it depicted variously in Jane Austen , Thackeray ,
Trollope , George Eliot , and James , scarcely exists in Hardy . His characters
stand in relation to other things , the weather , the seasons , a traditional craft . He
sees his ...
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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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