Questions at Issue by Edmund GosseQuestions at Issue by Edmund Gosse

Questions at Issue

byEdmund Gosse

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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.1893 Excerpt: ... The Tyranny of the Novel L PARISIAN Hebraist has been attracting a loment's attention to his paradoxical and learned:lf by announcing that strong-hearted and strongrained nations do not produce novels. This entleman's soul goes back, no doubt in longing ad despair, to the heart of Babylon and the brain f Gath. But if he looks for a modern nation that oes not cultivate the novel, he must, I am afraid, o far afield. Finland and Roumania are certainly tinted; Bohemia lies in the bond of naturalism, robably Montenegro is the one European nation hich this criterion would leave strong in heart and rain. The amusing absurdity of this whim of pedant may serve to remind us how universal is ow the reign of prose fiction. In Scandinavia le drama may demand an equal prominence, but no lore. In all other countries the novel takes the irgest place, claims and obtains the widest popular attention, is the admitted tyrant of the whole family of literature. This is so universally acknowledged now-a-days that we scarcely stop to ask ourselves whether it is a heaven-appointed condition of things, existing from the earliest times, or whether it is an innovation. As a matter of fact, the predominance of the novel is a very recent affair. Most other classes of literature are as old as the art of verbal expression: lyrical and narrative poetry, drama, history, philosophy--all these have flourished since the sunrise of the world's intelligence. But the novel is a creation of the late afternoon of civilisation. In the true sense, though not in the pedantic one, the novel began in France with La Princesse de Cleves, and in England with Pamela--that is to say, in 1677 and in 1740 respectively. Compared with the dates of the beginning of philosophy and of poetry, these are as yesterday...
Title:Questions at IssueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217539149

ISBN - 13:9780217539142