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The Romantic Triumph

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Pages: 236

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Thomas Stewart Omond

Excerpt from book: 73 CHAPTER II. FICTION AND LIGHT LITERATURE. DEVELOPMENT OF THE NOVEL—SCOTT'S PREDECESSORS—HIS OWN METHOD —TRUTH TO LIFE—OUTSIDE AND INSIDE—HIS PERSONAL HISTORY —HIS RELATION TO ROMANCE—HIS IMMENSE INFLUENCE—SISTER NOVELISTS — MISS AUSTEN : HER ATTACK ON ULTRA-ROMANTICISM — MISS EDGEWORTH — MISS FERRIER — OTHER CONTEMPORARIES — GALT—IMMEDIATE FOLLOWERS—INFLUENCES OTHER THAN FICTION — JOURNALS — THE MAGAZINE PROPER — ITS LITERARY VALUE — CHARLES LAMB — SOUTHEY—COBBETT—HAZLITT — DE QUINCEY — JOHN WILSON—JOHN GIBSON LOCKHART—THE BLACKWOOD SCHOOL VARIETIES — TRAVEL LITERATURE — THE DRAMA : TRAGEDY — COMEDY—CARLYLE ! LATENESS OF DEVELOPMENT—NOVEL RESUMED — BULWER LYTTON : FAULTS AND MERITS — THACKERAY : HIS ATTITUDE TO ROMANCE — CHARM OF MANNER — INFLUENCE AND TEACHING—DICKENS : HIS UPBRINGING AND POPULARITY—RELATION TO THACKERAY—METHOD AND MANNERISMS—DISRAELI : HIS HABIT OF THOUGHT—OTHER NOVELISTS—THE BRONTE FAMILY—PLACE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTE—ROMANTICISM AND DEMOCRACY—POPULARISING OF KNOWLEDGE—RUSKIN—' PUNCH '—MISCELLANEA—CONCLUSION. A Remarkable feature of the time we are considering was that it exalted imaginative prose almost to the level of the hest verse.1 Poetry had indeedoften condescended to prose, consciously or unin- nt tentionally: but never before had the i. yOunger sister (for such we must call her) aspired to fulfil so many of the elder's functions. The best Elizabethan prose is heavy-footed though weighty, the best Addisonian mannered and confined. It was our Eomantic Movement that revealed the full capabilities of prose, vindicated its place in the concert of the Muses. Various causes, various departments, contributed to this result. First and foremost comes the renascence of fiction, the writing of which, as we all know, took such a new start...  

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