Texas Review Volume 5-6

Texas Review Volume 5-6

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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. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...as the authorial attitude, for example, has brought him a great deal of ill will from the critics and no end of miscomprehension from his readers. Even so sound a theorist and so discerning a commentator as Mr. W. C. Brownell rushed to the defense of Thackeray when Howells attacked him for his gross violations of this principle. Yet this is the very crux of the Howells technique, involving the abandonment of sentimentalism and satire as instruments of the moral novel, and thus serving more than anything else to make it an experiment in humanism. This is a sort of secret that yields itself only to the few but sincere readers who come to the Howells people without the common prepossession for "literary creations." I well remember my pleasure in an article by Mr. W. B. Trites in the Forum for February, 1913, in which he tells how this happened with him, and of his boyish difficulties with the characters of The Minister's Charge, which was read in his home. "It interested us profoundly. We discussed Lemuel, Sewell, Statira, and the rest as though they had been real people. I remember still and starry nights of blood-curdling cold when I would be intensely annoyed by Mr. Howells' kindly treatment of the officious Mrs. Sewell--for, little boy that I was, I did not then perceive that for Mr. Howells to give the squarest of 'square deals' to a character does not inevitably mean that he upholds all that character's conduct---and I remember nights of wild wind and snow when Lemuel's stern aloofness shocked and displeased me, though at the same time I liked very much the lad's honor, his delicate pride." II I should perhaps say a word about the Howells style, for which many who think of him only as a delicate and insubstantial...show more

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  • Paperback | 222 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 404g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236752813
  • 9781236752819