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" But if the power of example is so great as to take possession of the 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, the best examples only should... "
Morality of Fiction: Or, An Inquiry Into the Tendency of Fictitious ... - Page 155
by Hugh Murray - 1805 - 174 pages
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Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels

Patricia Meyer Spacks - 1994 - 276 pages
...unpredictably activated by reading. Fiction can take possession of its readers, as a seducer might. But if the power of example is so great, as to take...should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects. (Rambler no. 4, 31 Mar. 1750; 3: 22) Johnson's sentence rings with anxiety about the ways that forces...
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A New Species of Criticism: Eighteenth-century Discourse on the Novel

Joseph F. Bartolomeo - 1994 - 228 pages
...114 According to Johnson, the effect of fiction on impressionable minds 115 necessitates regulation: If the power of example is so great, as to take possession...should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects." 6 Johnson's description of the "best" examples as characters who exhibit "virtue not angelical, nor...
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Tobias Smollett: The Critical Heritage

Lionel Kelly - 1995 - 399 pages
...effects almost without the intervention of the will, care ought to be taken, that, when the choice is O unrestrained, the best examples only should be exhibited;...should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects. TOBIAS SMOLLETT 37 The chief advantage which these fictions have over real life is. that their authors...
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Somatic Fictions: Imagining Illness in Victorian Culture

Athena Vrettos - 1995 - 266 pages
...and produce effects almost without the intervention of the will, care ought to be taken that . . . the best examples only should be exhibited; and that...should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects" (Johnson, 22).27 Although Victorian critics and journalists generally dismissed arguments about the...
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Realismustheorien in England (1692-1919)

Walter F. Greiner, Fritz Kemmler - 1997 - 282 pages
...definitions. But if the power of example is so great as to take possession of the memory by a kind of 50 violence, and produce effects almost without the intervention...should not be mischievous or uncertain in its effects. 29 ancient writer] Hinweis auf Juvenal, Saturae, xiv, 47: „Höchste Rücksicht gebührt dem Kinde."...
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The Reading Lesson: The Threat of Mass Literacy in Nineteenth-Century ...

Patrick Brantlinger - 1998 - 270 pages
...violence, and produce effects almost without the inten1entitm of the will, care ought to be taken that ... the best examples only should be exhibited; and that...which is likely to operate so strongly, should not he mischievous or uncertain in its effects. (22: my italics1 Though Johnson worries more about realistic...
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The Age of Reasons: Quixotism, Sentimentalism, and Political Economy in ...

Wendy Motooka - 1998 - 302 pages
...almost without intetvention of the will, cate ought to be taken that, when the choice is untesttained, the best examples only should be exhibited; and that which is likely to opetate so sttongly, should not be mischievous ot uncettain in its effects. Ftom this passage, Spacks...
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The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Samuel Johnson - 1825 - 538 pages
...convey the knowledge of vice and virtue with more efficacy than axioms and definitions. But if thepower of example is so great as to take possession of the...mischievous or uncertain in its effects. The chief advantage which these fictions have over real life is, that their authors are at liberty, though not...
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