The Irish Novel Principal Figures - Essay

Principal Figures

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Hugh Alexander Law (essay date 1926)

SOURCE: "Early Nineteenth Century Novelists," in Anglo-Irish Literature, 1926, pp. 171-200.

[In the following essay, Law surveys the novels written by the most prominent nineteenth-century Irish authors and comments on the strengths and weaknesses of these authors' major works.]

Poetry—there can be no doubt about it—even minor poetry, wears far better than any but the greatest prose; and of all forms of prose-writing none, as is natural enough, is so affected by changing fashions as is the work of the novelist. One can still get a deal of pleasure from the verses of quite minor bards of the eighteenth...

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