Essays In English Literature, 1780-1860

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byGeorge Saintsbury

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...what lies on the surface of the world, and when, half sympathising with the follies we satirise, there is a gusto in our paintings which atones for their exaggeration. As we grow older we observe less, we reflect more: and like Frankenstein we dissect in order to create." We shall find, I think, that this passage--one of many that show in the author a critical faculty with which he is too seldom credited, and which he certainly did not bestow on his own work so often as he might--supplies a tolerably complete key to Madame D'Arblay's weakness as well as to her strength: and indeed (certain things being added) explains the amazing inequality of her work. But for the present we are only concerned with the positive side of it, and the application is certainly very complete. For all the ungraciousness of the Crokerian chronology, Evelina was written virtually at a very early age: for Fanny Burney was admittedly a very backward child, with a haphazard and irregular education which made her less accomplished in the ordinary sense at six and twenty than more regularly trained misses at sixteen. She began, moreover, to scribble very early in actual years; and though most of these early attempts perished in the flames, we know that Evelina was connected with one of them, and it would be contrary to all literary experience if part of it was not written as mme. early as they were. At any rate, nothing D'arblay. can depict more exactly and appropriately than these words of Bulwer's the special merits of the book--the quick observation, the distinct sight, the vivid presentation of surface things, and finally the "gusto "--obsolete but excellent word, which perhaps has dropped out of use because the thing to which it applies has dropped out of...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...what lies on the surface of the world, and when, half sympathising with the follies we satirise, there is a gus...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217713858

ISBN - 13:9780217713856

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