The Later Realism: A Study of Characterization in the British Novel

The Later Realism: A Study of Characterization in the British Novel

The Later Realism: A Study of Characterization in the British Novel

The Later Realism: A Study of Characterization in the British Novel

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This is primarily an essay toward definition, an attempt to designate clearly and analyze concisely important aspects of present-day fiction. That I have limited myself to characterization in the British realistic novel is for convenience in isolating noteworthy examples of what I wished to define. That I have not taken into account publications later than 1923 or thereabouts is to preserve a certain continuity in my work yet to avoid repetition and unwieldiness. In short, I have not sought to extend my inquiry beyond the point where that for which I was searching had stoutly asserted itself. Nor has very recent English realism, as far as I am aware, embodied essentials that have not been commented upon here. This is true even with reference to such striking modifications and complicated interactions of the more extreme tendencies with which I am concerned as appear, for instance, in the later work of Mrs. Virginia Woolf.

Of course I shall not be understood to imply that the larger movement to which I have called attention in this study does not merit genuinely critical evaluation, if the time be ripe for it, in the whole bulk of British and American novels published since the terminal date of my investigation. This is self-evident; I mention it chiefly to indicate that I am aware of much unattempted here, much, to be frank, that I could scarcely have outlined the completion of this book.

Concerning whatever herein has value, I would share the credit with those who in any way emboldened me to . . .

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