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34. (Robert Browning)

Apt that an Italian would assist with placing Browning plain before the eyes. Franco Moretti (once again), but this time on realist prose inĀ The Bourgeois: Between Literature and History… 2,620 more words

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32. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

A short phrase binds an entire ream of Tennyson criticism: “the art of the penultimate.”

That Tennyson’s art looks forward with foreboding, that it does so with a burden of what has come before, is the spine supporting almost all major Tennyson criticism from the past forty years (and more). 1,765 more words

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30. (Samuel Johnson)

At the same time as the novel was rising in the world, the greatest force in English letters was working in a direction antithetical to its principles of success. 4,101 more words

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