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" If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why it may not be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon a ' mirror which shows all that presents itself without discrimination. "
Encyclopaedia Britannica; Or A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and ... - Page 73
1823
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Literary Criticism: Pope to Croce

Gay Wilson Allen, Harry Hayden Clark - 1962 - 676 pages
...discolored by passion or deformed by wickedness. If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why...mirror which shows all that presents itself without discrimination.5 It is therefore not a sufficient vindication of a character that it is drawn as it...
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The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition

Meyer Howard Abrams - 1971 - 420 pages
...necessary 'to distinguish those parts of nature which are most proper for imitation,' for it would 'be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind, as upon a mirrour which shows all that presents itself without discrimination.' 10 In recent criticism (as, to...
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A Critical History of English Literature: The Restoration to 1800, Volume 3

David Daiches - 1979 - 336 pages
...discoloured by passion, or deformed by wickedness. If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why...safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon t ' which shows all that presents itself without discrimination. Equally dangerous and equally detestable...
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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 5, Romanticism

George Alexander Kennedy, Marshall Brown, Cambridge University Press, H. B. Nisbet, Christa Knellwolf, Raman Selden, Claude Rawson, A. Walton Litz, Louis Menand, Christopher Norris, Lawrence Rainey - 1989 - 532 pages
...allegorical Eastern tale, Rasselas (1759). Johnson prefers reality to mere realism: 'I cannot see . . . why it may not be as safe to turn the eye immediately...all that presents itself without discrimination.' The distance traversed in the Romantic period can be measured by noting that what Johnson hates is...
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Desire and Truth: Functions of Plot in Eighteenth-Century English Novels

Patricia Meyer Spacks - 1994 - 276 pages
...Johnson's distaste for realism is notorious: "If the world he promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why...shows all that presents itself without discrimination" (Rambler no. 4, 31 March 1750; 3: 22). He considers it neither useful nor appropriate for the novelist...
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Wordsworth's Pope: A Study in Literary Historiography

Robert J. Griffin, Robert J. (tel-Aviv University) - 1995 - 208 pages
...precisely not mirror-like, but is highly selective: "If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why...may not be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon nature, as upon a mirror which shows all that presents itself without discrimination." w All art may...
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Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, and English Diurnal Form, 1660-1785

Stuart Sherman - 1996 - 352 pages
...on novels, for example, Johnson argues that "If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the account; or why...shows all that presents itself without discrimination" (R 4; 3.22). That "promiscuous description" that Johnson here abjures for other written accounts of...
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Realismustheorien in England (1692-1919)

Walter F. Greiner, Fritz Kemmler - 1997 - 282 pages
...wickedness. If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the 65 account: or why it may not be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind as upon a mirrour which shews all that presents itself without discrimination. 12. [ANONYMOUS] (1751) Aus An...
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The True Story of the Novel

Margaret Anne Doody - 1996 - 640 pages
...world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use it can be to read the accoum; or why is may not be as safe to turn the eye immediately upon mankind , , ," iRambler No, 4 [March 1750], Works, IV: 23t, A novel cannot really be a mirror, reflecting without...
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In Defence of Realism

Raymond Tallis - 1998 - 236 pages
...Anthology, (London: Picador, 1972). If the world be promiscuously described, I cannot see of what use if can be to read the account; or why it may not be as safe to turn the eyes immediately upon mankind as upon a mirror which shows all that presents itself without discrimination.21...
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