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Genius Begins

“Reading Pamela’s letters, readers came to feel that they were Pamela; Richardson had obliterated reality and substituted the Pamela-world in its stead. It is for this reason – and not, I would argue, for some putative development of ‘realism’ – that Richardson is most to be valued as a major imaginative genius. The defining characteristic…
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Alas, Poor Yorick!

Tristram Shandy is a book which, famously, draws attention to the fact that it is a book; a novel which overturns all the conventions of the novel. Discussing the outlandish time scheme of the novel, it is common to point out that the hero does not get born until the fourth volume. But Sterne, or…
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