Personal Forces in Modern Literature

Paperback | February 1, 2012

byArthur Compton-rickett

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... CHARLES DICKENS THE HUMORIST The extraordinary popularity which Dickens enjoyed as a writer during his lifetime suffered a temporary eclipse soon after his death, and is now again reasserting itself. Many admirers of Dickens can sympathise with these tidal changes; they can trace three stages in their feelings towards the novelist. The first period of whole-hearted allegiance and indiscriminate affection. Then with the coming of the moustache and Byronic humours (or, nowadays, Shavian humours) a period of criticism, when spots were discovered on the sun, and the subtle, more cynical humour of Thackeray proved perhaps more agreeable to the palate. Finally, the return to their first love, with an appreciation of the amazing fact that our literary affections may be comprehensive enough to hold both Thackeray and Dickens. The third stage shows a diminished ardour maybe for the more farcical elements in the novelist's work, but there is a far juster appreciation of the artistic power of the writer, the vitality of his creations and the astounding diversity of his humour. The fastidious critic has long since solemnly cursed the author of Pickwick much as the cardinal cursed the jackdaw. His reputation was declared a mushroom growth, and must soon die away. Possibly owing to the critic's agricultural eccentricities having led him to mistake an oak for a mushroom--the prediction remains unaccomplished. And yet few great writers probably are at once so open to criticism and so independent of literary criticism as Dickens. Whatever he may have lacked he never lacked vitality, and vitality covers a multitude of literary sins. The democratic movement, with its wave of humanitarian feeling, that passed over England in the early years of the nineteenth century, had She...

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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. 1906. Excerpt: ... CHARLES DICKENS THE HUMORIST The extraordinary popularity which Dickens enjoyed as a writer during his lifetime suffered a tem...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217973493

ISBN - 13:9780217973496

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