"The junction of the French and English intellects, which, looking at the immense chain of its effects, is by far the most important fact in the history of the eighteenth century," is also the most significant and far-reaching movement in the history of French literature. Until that time, England had often looked to France for intellectual leadership, more especially after the Norman Conquest, during the Renaissance, and after the Restoration, while France had ignored the thought and art of her northern neighbor: but in the eighteenth century, England became the leader, the masters became the disciples, and the message they received and interpreted was heard by all nations.
This great intellectual revolution has received . . .
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