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Fielding had the gift which is the prerogative of great comic writers , of being able
to cap absurdity of situation on absurdity of situation in a single scene , and to go
on doing it beyond what we expect to be the climax . Joseph and Fanny , his ...
How he arrives at the situation he seems scarcely to care . Meredith ' s general
theme is the eternal one of comedy , the clash between illusion and reality , and
the central character ' s painful progress to knowledge of reality and himself .
It is rather that the novelist must in effect be able to say , whatever the situation he
has chosen to describe , ' Given the nature of man , then my situation , through
the characters enacting it , can resolve itself only in this way . ' A novelist like ...
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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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