William Dean Howells; A Critical Study

William Dean Howells; A Critical Study

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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. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...is his inability to keep the human element out of the landscape for even a paragraph of moderate length. Of course, scene-painting as we come upon it in Radcliffe, Scott, and Cooper, is a lost art, but Henry James and Mrs. Edith Wharton, not to mention Mr. Kipling and Mr. Conrad, do enthrall the reader in his own emotions, making him directly the spectator. Howells interestingly makes one of his characters express a skepticism of this procedure so far as the drama is concerned; but the passage is more interesting in its applicability not only to his own novels but even to these books of travel. It occurs in The Story of a Play, as Maxwell the playwright and his Louise sit swinging on their cottage veranda: ..". The sea came and went among the rocks below, marking its course in the deepening twilight with a white rope of foam, and raving huskily to itself, with now and then the long plunge of some heavier surge against the bowlders, and a hoarse shout. The Portland boat swam by in the offing, a glitter of irregular lights, and the lamps on the different points of the Cape blinked as they revolved in their towers. 'This is the kind of thing you can get only in a novel, ' said Maxwell, musingly. 'You couldn't possibly give the feeling of it in a play.' " 'Couldn't you give the feeling of the people looking at itf' suggested his wife, and she put out her hand to lay it on his. 'Yes, you could do that, ' he assented, with pleasure in her notion; 'and that would be better. I suppose that is what would be aimed at in a description of the scene, which would be tiresome if it didn't give the feeling of the spectator.' " M "TAe Story of a Play (1898), p. 29 It is the feeling of the spectator in the playwright's sense that is seldom wanting in How-ells'...show more

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  • 9781236661432