Essays on Modern Novelists

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IV
BJÖRNSTJERNE BJÖRNSON

FOR over half a century this intellectual athlete has been one of the busiest men in the world. A partisan fighter born and bred, he has been active in every political Skandinavian struggle; in religious questions he has fought first on one side and then on the other, changing only by honest conviction, and hitting with all his might every time; to him the word "education" is as a red rag to a bull, for he believes that it has been mainly bad, and if people will only listen, he can make it mainly good; in a passion of chivalry, he has drawn his pen for the cause of Woman, whose "sphere" he hopes to change -- the most modern and the most popular of all the vain attempts to square the circle; his powerful voice has been heard on the lecture platform, not only in his own beloved country, but all over Europe and in America; he has served for years as Theatre-Director, in the determination to convert the playhouse, like everything else he touches, into a vast moral force. In addition to all the excitement of a life spent in fighting, his purely

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • I - WILLIAM DE MORGAN 1
  • II - THOMAS HARDY 33
  • III - WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS 56
  • IV - BJÖRNSTJERNE BJÖRNSON 82
  • V Mark Twain 99
  • VI - HENRYK SIENKIEWICZ 115
  • VII - HERMANN SUDERMANN 132
  • III - ALFRED OLLIVANT 159
  • IX - ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON 172
  • X - MRS. HUMPHRY WARD 191
  • XI - RUDYARD KIPLING 208
  • XII - "LORNA DOONE" 229
  • Appendix A - NOVELS AS A UNIVERSITY STUDY 245
  • APPENDIX B - THE TEACHER'S ATTITUDE TOWARD CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE 252
  • APPENDIX C - TWO POEMS 258
  • LIST OF PUBLICATIONS 261
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