Bronte Society Publications Volume 1-2

Bronte Society Publications Volume 1-2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...the time) a proof of something lacking in her critical faculty. But if you want to see clearly what as a result of time, I think, quite as much as of temperament Miss Bronte had and Miss Austen had not, compare two not wholly disimilar scenes--the walk of Marianne and Margaret Dashwood on the hills in Sense and Sensibility and Caroline's words to Shirley about Nunwood. In both the object is to represent a girl's delight in open air and natural scenery. But the one author barely gives the fact and the other gives a vision of the fact. When we pass from what the great prophet and dictator of the eighteenth century itself used contemptuously to call "prospects" to humanity, the gain is perhaps more one sided, the methods of the nineteenth century are more double-edged. When you avowedly and deliberately attempt the abnormal you will sometimes seem only to have achieved, and occasionally you will in reality only achieve, the unnatural. But on this point there is no need to dwell. All I wish to insist upon is that Miss Bronte--that her sister Emily in an even intenser fashion, though with still narrower range--did use these two great heighteners of fictitious trpntmrnt--poetical imaginative study of nature, .md ihp Hramntir presentation of the individual on his most individual side: that they did this in following, conscious or unconscious of, the great poets just before them; and that nobody had done, that hardly anybody except one of these poets themselves could have done, anything of the same kind before. It is not then, I think, rash in substance or disproportionate in expression to say that what Emily and Charlotte Bronte did was to effect the union of realism J and of dream in the English novel. The best poetrv is always more more

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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 286g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236790154
  • 9781236790156