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Certainly Smollett was his favourite novelist , as Ben Jonson seems to have been
his favourite dramatist . I suspect that he liked them because of their undoubted
incidental resemblance to himself as artist but that they reinforced his own ...
It sometimes seems that no literary form can afford genius of extreme
revolutionary talent too often , for the consequences may easily be a temporary
shattering of it . Something like this seems to have happened in the novel in our
The writer seems constrained , not by his own free will but by some powerful and
unscrupulous tyrant who has him in thrall , to provide a plot , to provide comedy ,
tragedy , love interest , and an air of probability embalming the whole so ...
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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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