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Illustration from an 1802 edition of The Old English Baron. A first reading of Clara Reeve’s 1777 novel The Old English Baron did not leave much of an impression. In thinking back on it, I have a vague sense of a tedious simulacra of early modernity, somewhat less appealing than one of William Morris’s more […]

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First Impressions A walk in the country, ca. 1800 At the time I considered myself a great reader and East of Eden perhaps the greatest book ever written in English. So it is not a surprise that my first reading of Pride & Prejudice was not marked by any particular sympathy. It was recommended to […]

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Ampersand William Hogarth & Modern Morals. …more knowledge may be gained of a man’s real character, by a short conversation with one of his servants, than from a formal and studied narrative, begun with his pedigree, and ended with his funeral. – Samuel Johnson, quoted in Boswell’s The Life of Dr. Johnson (vol. 1, p. […]

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