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[Micawber] is not only the greatest of Dickens' comic figures, but, with the one exception of Falstaff, he is the greatest comic f ...
who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
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Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
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The naturalistic literature of this country has reached such a state that no family of characters is considered true to life which ...
I have a notion that gamblers are as happy as most people, being always excited; women, wine, fame, the table, even ambition, sate ...
All cultural products contain a mixture of two elements: conventions and inventions. Conventions are elements which are known to b ...
Doubtless the main difference between the novel and the romance is the way in which they view reality. The novel renders reality c ...
I would write of the universal, not the provincial, in human nature.... I would write of characters, not of characteristics.
The birth of the new constitutes a crisis, and its mastery calls for a crude and simple cast of mind--the mind of a fighter--in wh ...
One might feel that, at my age, I should look on life with more gravity. After all, I've been privileged to listen, firsthand, to ...
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