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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, Enthusiasm, and Regulation: Poetics and the Policing of Culture ...

Jon Mee - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2005 - 320 pages
...but the prospects are dimmed for him by the current state of public taste: 'our elder writers . . . driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and stupid German tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagent stories in verse' (WP i. 12,8). Literariness in itself then is no guarantee of a healthy...
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Nonfictional Romantic Prose: Expanding Borders

Steven P. Sondrup, Virgil Nemoianu, Gerald Gillespie - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 477 pages
...landmark preface is a curious romantic revolution: "The invaluable works of our elder writers ... are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse" (Wordsworth 735). Byron, famously labeled one of the dangerous fifth column romantici by an Austrian...
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The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories

Christopher Booker - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 728 pages
...exhibitions of the country have conformed themselves. The invaluable works of our older writers . . . are driven into neglect by frantic novels, sickly and...tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories.' Nothing indeed was more expressive of Hazlitt's 'mighty ferment' than that great fever which had already...
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Gothic: Eighteenth-century Gothic : Radcliffe, reader, writer, romancer

Fred Botting, Dale Townshend - Gothic revival (Literature) - 2004 - 329 pages
...is quick to distinguish Gothic romance and Romanticism in order to denounce the novels of the time: 'frantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse' are driving the 'invaluable works' of writers like Shakespeare and Milton into neglect with a 'degrading...
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"A Natural Delineation of Human Passions": The Historic Moment of Lyrical ...

C. C. Barfoot - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 277 pages
...characteristic move we also recognize from Eliot. Deploring the ahysmal state of contemporary literature. the "frantic novels. sickly and stupid German Tragedies....deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse". he sees it as his own mission to "counteract" this "general evil". clearly through a return to the...
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Lyric Generations: Poetry and the Novel in the Long Eighteenth Century

G. Gabrielle Starr, George A. Starr, Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and Professor of English G Gabrielle Starr - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 298 pages
...vision of emotion recollected in tranquillity against the debased sensibility of the "frantic novel, sickly and stupid German Tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse."4 His project is one of taste first; literary forms become important as they shape aesthetic...
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Das Motiv des Doppelgängers als Spaltungsphantasie in der Literatur und im ...

Gerald Bär - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 718 pages
...eIder writers, l had almost said the works of Shakspeare and Milton, are driven into neglegt by trantic novels, sickly and stupid German Tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse." (The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, (ed. T. Hutchinson), London, ua.: Henry Frowde 1906, S....
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The Romantic Ethic and the Spirit of Modern Consumerism

Colin Campbell - Social Science - 2005 - 301 pages
...early nineteenth centuries as any neo-classical critic. Wordsworth himself inveighed against those 'frantic novels, sickly and stupid German tragedies, and deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse'3 which he considered to have caused the neglect of all literature of quality. His objection...
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Paradoxy of Modernism

Robert Scholes, Research Professor of Modern Culture and Media Professor Emeritus of English Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media and Andrew W Mellon Professor of Humanities Emeritus Robert Scholes - Art - 2006 - 295 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 Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature

Elizabeth Kantor - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 278 pages
..."the rapid communication of hourly intelligence." And, for another, corrupting forms of entertainment: "frantic novels, sickly and stupid German tragedies,...deluges of idle and extravagant stories in verse." Two hundred years later, we are the most relentlessly entertained and news-saturated population in...
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