The Romantic Triumph
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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 NOVELSCOTT'S PREDECESSORSHIS OWN METHOD TRUTH TO LIFEOUTSIDE AND INSIDEHIS PERSONAL HISTORY HIS RELATION TO ROMANCEHIS IMMENSE INFLUENCESISTER NOVELISTS MISS AUSTEN : HER ATTACK ON ULTRA-ROMANTICISM MISS EDGEWORTH MISS FERRIER OTHER CONTEMPORARIES GALTIMMEDIATE FOLLOWERSINFLUENCES OTHER THAN FICTION JOURNALS THE MAGAZINE PROPER ITS LITERARY VALUE CHARLES LAMB SOUTHEYCOBBETTHAZLITT DE QUINCEY JOHN WILSONJOHN GIBSON LOCKHARTTHE BLACKWOOD SCHOOL VARIETIES TRAVEL LITERATURE THE DRAMA : TRAGEDY COMEDYCARLYLE ! LATENESS OF DEVELOPMENTNOVEL RESUMED BULWER LYTTON : FAULTS AND MERITS THACKERAY : HIS ATTITUDE TO ROMANCE CHARM OF MANNER INFLUENCE AND TEACHINGDICKENS : HIS UPBRINGING AND POPULARITYRELATION TO THACKERAYMETHOD AND MANNERISMSDISRAELI : HIS HABIT OF THOUGHTOTHER NOVELISTSTHE BRONTE FAMILYPLACE OF CHARLOTTE BRONTEROMANTICISM AND DEMOCRACYPOPULARISING OF KNOWLEDGERUSKIN' PUNCH 'MISCELLANEACONCLUSION. 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...