Essays On The Novel As By Scott And Miss Austen by Adolphus Alfred JackEssays On The Novel As By Scott And Miss Austen by Adolphus Alfred Jack

Essays On The Novel As By Scott And Miss Austen

byAdolphus Alfred Jack

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1897 Excerpt: ... ESSAYS ON THE NOVEL INTRODUCTORY THE NOVEL NOW-A-DAYS, said Sir William Harcourt, every one is a Socialist. It is easy to form epigrams in this manner; all that is necessary being to select one of the numerous prevailing tendencies of the day, and to state the fact of its existence with sufficient emphasis. If it gives the politician comfort to repeat that every one is a socialist, the same kind of comfort is secured to the literary man by exclaiming that now-a-days every one is a novelist. The same kind of comfort is attained, as also the same degree of truth. If the socialist is a prominent element of our political life, the novelist in literature is equally conspicuous. Sir William Harcourt, when he coined his famous phrase, meant to silence the criticisms of those who were afraid./" B of the socialistic tendencies of the time, by assuring them that the vogue of socialism was no longer a coming event to be deplored, but a fact, however unpalatable, to be accepted, and there is no doubt that, to a large extent, with those whom he got to believe in him, he succeeded. In the field of practical politics criticism is silent before what is thought to be inevitable. It is the tendency of criticism everywhere, and if we can be induced to believe that a habit--whether that of the State regulation of property, or that of the composition of fictitious tales--is fixed, we care the less to inquire how that habit has been formed, or whether indeed, a still more essential question, it ought to have been formed at all. We have come to believe in the natural ascendency of the novel, and as a consequence to accept the fact of its ascendency, without inquiry or demur. As, however, a cursory acquaintance with the facts of the history of the novel in England will ensure the ...
Title:Essays On The Novel As By Scott And Miss AustenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217715257

ISBN - 13:9780217715256