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" For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey the knowledge of vice and virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions. But if the power of example is so great... "
Encyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and ... - Page 75
1823
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Realismustheorien in England (1692-1919)

Walter F. Greiner, Fritz Kemmler - Criticism - 1997 - 230 pages
...engaged in the like part. For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of 50 violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will, care ought to be taken,...
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Licensing Entertainment: The Elevation of Novel Reading in Britain, 1684–1750

William B. Warner - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 325 pages
...identification that recent "familiar histories" such as Clarissa and Tom )ones induce in their readers: "if the power of example is so great, as to take possession...memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will, care ought to be taken that . . . the best examples only...
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The Young Philosopher

Charlotte Smith - Fiction - 1798
...Samuel Johnson, Rambler 4, 31 March 1750: "these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions. [C]are ought to be taken that . . . the best examples only should be exhibited." 6. Magicians, sorcerers....
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Gothic Documents: A Sourcebook 1700-1820

Emma Clery, Robert Miles - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 306 pages
...engaged in the like part. For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will, care ought to be taken that, when the choice is unrestrained,...
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Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach

Michael McKeon - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 947 pages
...pedagogic promise and a pedagogic danger: [T]hese familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...efficacy than axioms and definitions. But if the power ot example is so great, as to take possession of the memor)' by a kind ot violence, and produce effects...
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The Domestic Revolution: Enlightenment Feminisms and the Novel

Eve Tavor Bannet - History - 2000 - 304 pages
...be engaged in like part. For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions." Sarah Fielding does not speak of individual adventurers journeying through the universal drama of the...
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Johnson, Writing, and Memory

Greg Clingham - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 222 pages
..."familiar histories," to be "of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and [to be able to] convey the knowledge of vice and virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions" (my emphasis Rambler, 1n, 21-22). But this ideological power makes novels dangerous. Here Johnson considers...
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The NewMediaReader, Volume 1

Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of California Santa Cruz Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Nick Montfort, Associate Professor of Digital Media Nick Montfort - Social Science - 2003 - 823 pages
...engaged in the like part. For this reason these familiar histories may perhaps be made of greater use than the solemnities of professed morality, and convey...virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions. Quite parallel with this extension of the book page into the form of a talking picture of ordinary...
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The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1740-1830

Ita - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 308 pages
...more urgent. For Johnson in the Rambler, the modern romance or 'familiar history' was a form in which 'the power of example is so great, as to take possession...memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will', just as for Aaron Hill what made Pamela exemplary of...
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Ethics, Literature, and Theory: An Introductory Reader

Stephen K. George - Literary Criticism - 2005 - 401 pages
...indeed, something to be lightly dismissed. I believe that Samuel Johnson spoke truly when he said that "the power of example is so great, as to take possession...memory by a kind of violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will."16 One of the great powers of literature is this "moral...
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