This book, like his Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders , is more contrived and cunning than it appears, and the hurried, unshaped narrative is the product of careful preparation and selective ordering. Conversely, invented material may take on the lineaments of journalistic actuality through the employment of a Defoe technique of flat understatement.
Novelists, being neither poets nor philosophers, rarely originate modes of thinking and expression. Poets such as Chaucer and Shakespeare have had much to do with the making of the English language , and Byron was responsible for the articulation of the new romantic sensibility in it in the early 19th century.
With the 18th-century precursors of Romanticism—notably Richardson, Sterne, and Rousseau—the notion of sentiment entered the European consciousness. With Scott came new forms of regional sentiment, based on a romantic reading of history.
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It is rarely, however, that a novelist makes a profound mark on a national language, as opposed to a regional dialect to which, by using it for a literary end, he may impart a fresh dignity. It is difficult to say whether the French Existentialists, such as Sartre and Albert Camus , have influenced their age primarily through their fiction or their philosophical writings. You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience and security.
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