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" The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse... "
Critical and Miscellaneous Essays - Page 262
by John Wilson - 1842
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Romanticism, Lyricism, and History

Sarah MacKenzie Zimmerman - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 233 pages
...aim in the Preface of providing a corrective to the sensationalism of popular literature, including "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse." The moment of generic collapse interrogates the relationship between himself, his readers, and the...
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Strange Fits of Passion: Epistemologies of Emotion, Hume to Austen

Adela Pinch - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 240 pages
...cultural politics are, on the one hand, resolutely materialist,49 reducing popular literature — the "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" — to the social conditions he claims produced them: "the great national events which are daily taking...
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Value and Vision in American Literature: Literary Essays in Honor of Ray ...

Joseph Candido - Literary Collections - 1999 - 280 pages
..."invaluable works of our elder writers," which at the time were "being driven into neglect by frantic novels and stupid German tragedies and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse." 17 America no more invented the horrific sensationalism of the Texas chainsaw murders than England...
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The Whore's Story: Women, Pornography, and the British Novel, 1684-1830

Bradford K. Mudge - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 304 pages
...The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse. — When I think upon this degrading thirst after outrageous stimulation, I am almost ashamed to have...
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The Green Studies Reader: From Romanticism to Ecocriticism

Laurence Coupe - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 315 pages
...The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse. When I think upon this degrading thirst after outrageous stimulation I am almost ashamed to have spoken...
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Gothic Readings: The First Wave, 1764-1840

Rictor Norton - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 369 pages
...The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse. — When I think upon this degrading thirst after outrageous stimulation, I am almost ashamed to have...
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The Green Studies Reader: From Romanticism to Ecocriticism

Laurence Coupe - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 315 pages
...The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse. When I think upon this degrading thirst after outrageous stimulation I am almost ashamed to have spoken...
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Place in Literature: Regions, Cultures and Communities

Roberto Maria Dainotto - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 178 pages
...The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...Tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse.40 39. Matthew Arnold, "Wordsworth," Selected Prose, ed. PJ Keating (Harmondsworth, Eng.: Penguin,...
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Reading, Writing, and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception

Lucy Newlyn - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 397 pages
...poverty of intellect, and addiction to stimulants. He also discovered a malignant influence in the 'frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse' which, he asserted, were driving 'the invaluable works of our elder writers' into neglect.9' The fears...
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The Rise of the Public in Enlightenment Europe

James Van Horn Melton - History - 2001 - 284 pages
...lamented that "the invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse." Here he echoed what a German visitor to London had noted a few years earlier: The romances of a Richardson,...
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