Shilling Magazine

Shilling Magazine

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...and has the faculties which enable her to communicate the results. Her great forte is character, and therein she so essentially differs from her countrymen, whose power generally rests in the interesting involvement of their story, which creates a succession of climaxes to excite the feelings, and too generally substituting for the delineation of character a minute analysis of morbid monstrosities. Even Mons. Sue's works, equally characterised by high political and philosophical motives, must be ranked under this general description. Madame Sand more nearly approaches the temperate and profound writers of our best school of fiction, there being no forced or exceptional views of human nature, but a delineation of its generalities individualised. We have speculated at unusual length (for our pages) on the grand distinguishing characteristic of Sand's genius, and have done so because she has received so much injustice from the writers of this country. She has been accused of immorality, because she rejects the standard affixed by convention to morals; but in the works we have seen we find a very deep and healthy morality, demanding for human nature that natural exercise of human passions which unabused and unper-verted is the foundation of virtue. In no French author that we have read is there so little stimulant applied to the appetites, and so little of that sickly sentiment which, professing the highest intellectuality, only arises from a super-refined sensuality. Sand, in our opinion, is a far safer author to trust to young ladies, in even their present exotic state, than Byron or Bulwer. She will arouse them to a better existence than a sort of innocent seraglio life, and " waking the soul by tender strokes of art," certainly " will raise the...show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236670981
  • 9781236670984