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January 25, 2010

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Mr Punch

Seems completely reasonable in broad outline. Lukacs said the historical novel declined after Scott; Maxwell argues that Dumas, Hugo, and Flaubert were pretty good. (Tolstoy too?)

It's fine to study Henty and Yonge, but hard to argue that their novels are as good as those of the French guys. Even Bulwer-Lytton vs Flaubert is a mismatch.

By the way, how can Wikipedia list Le rouge et le noir as a historical novel? Not only is it explicitly a novel of contemporary life, but IIRC it ends the year after it was published.

Mr Punch

There's Dickens, of course, but his historical novels aren't close to his best.

Nylon Syringe Filters

Dickens? I always like Dickens.

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