An Introduction to the Study of Literature

9781236782304: An Introduction to the Study of Literature

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...history and the claims of art. Of the other kind of setting in fiction--the material Mam-1,1--little needs to be said. Every reader will 5mng-perforce note for himself the difference between novelists who, like Jane Austen, pay slight attention to the nzilieu of their scenes, and those who, like Balzac and Dickens, specially delight in minute descriptions of streets, houses, and interiors; while the question of skill, vividness, method, and general artistic value, will just as inevitably come up for consideration. There is, however, one special problem connected with material setting which should perhaps be emphasised. In our examination of a novelist's-rim use of use of nature, our first concern will be with N'l""' his power as a landscape painter. But it must be remembered that, like the narrative poet, he may treat the natural background and accessories of his action in various ways. He may introduce them for picturesque purposes only and without relating them to his human drama; or he may associate them directly with his drama either through contrast or through sympathy. There is, for instance, a touch of contrast suggested by the fact, though it is not mentioned in the scene itself, that little Paul Dombey's death occurs on a fine Sunday in June; there is, on the other hand, a hint of sympathy when Barkis dies at the hour of the outgoing tide. Hawthorne makes effective use of contrast when he shows the "fresh, transparent, cloudless morning" peeping through the windows of the silent chamber in which Judge ' Pyncheon sits dead; Daudet employs the opposed principle of sympathy when in Le Nabab he describes the pitiless deluge of rain at the close of the day which had witnessed the absolute...

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William Henry Hudson (1841-1922) was a prolific author, naturalist and ornithologist. Generally recognised as a masterly writer on the natural world, his works like Argentine Ornithology, British Birds, Birds in London, Nature in Downland are notable. He earned much fame with his books on the English countryside, including Hampshire Days and Afoot in England, which helped foster the back-to-nature movement of the 1920s and 1930s. Hudson was a versatile author who wrote on a wide variety of subjects. His novel Green Mansions and non-fiction Far Away and Long Ago received great acclaim. Hudson is best remembered for his works--A Shepherd's Life and Adventures among Birds, published in 1910 and 1913, respectively.

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