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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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Stupidity

Avital Ronell - Philosophy - 2002 - 366 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" (1:873). Wordsworth's repressive forces will have been too weak, he fears, to counteract the new age...
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The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry

John Sitter - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 298 pages
...reflects more than snobbery. Like Wordsworth's slightly later complaint that great poetry is being "driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse," these discriminations indicate that poetry increasingly is being defended not as narrative but nearly...
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Women, Nationalism, and the Romantic Stage: Theatre and Politics in Britain ...

Betsy Bolton - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 272 pages
...poet's work to "producing] or enlarging] this capability."13 He explicitly contrasted his work to the "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" which he saw overwhelming the discriminating powers of readers' minds: "When I think upon this degrading...
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Whitman Possessed: Poetry, Sexuality, and Popular Authority

Mark Maslan - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 240 pages
...Wordsworth's distaste for the literature of "gross and violent stimulation" — "frantic [ie, Gothic] novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" ("Preface," 449) — anticipates Graham's invective against stimulating foods. Further, both authors...
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Coleridge's Notebooks: A Selection

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Literary Collections - 2002 - 264 pages
...at the very thought of seeing such books in the hands of a child of mine' (CL ii. 905). WW attacks 'frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse' in the 'Preface' to Lyrical Ballads ( WPrW\. 128). 1. Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823), author of The Mysteries...
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Byron and Romanticism

Jerome McGann, Lucy Sarah Roberts - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 311 pages
...retrospective view of the issues involved. When Wordsworth refers (in his 1800 Preface to Lyrical Ballads) to "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse," he is reflecting on literary work of the 179os that Lewis epitomized and fostered. No text illustrates...
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Capital Offenses: Geographies of Class and Crime in Victorian London

Simon Joyce, Professor Simon Joyce - History - 2003 - 267 pages
...the process by which (as he argues in the preface) "the works of Shakespeare and Milton" have been "driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse." He viewed his cultural project as an attempt to restore such hierarchies of taste and to reimpose divisions...
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─sthetische Erfindung der Moderne?: Perspektiven und Modelle 1750-1850

Britta Herrmann, Barbara Thums - Aesthetics - 2003 - 253 pages
...The invaluable works of our eider 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.2 Similarly, Samuel Taylor Coleridge criticised the delirious and sensational effects produced...
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William Blake and the Impossible History of the 1790s

Saree Makdisi - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 394 pages
...creation." Instead of the "gross and violent stimulants" provided by fashionable literature, by those "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" (of which the Oriental tale, then at the peak of its popularity, was the prime example), which, with...
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Crimes of Art and Terror

Frank Lentricchia, Jody McAuliffe - Literary Criticism - 2007 - 200 pages
...poems in a new manner, that in order to succeed he must violate the popular culture of the day — "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" — because this culture and its news media feeds and reproduces the "general evil." Popular culture,...
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