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    Robert Plumer Ward
Excerpt from book: PREFACE. That speciespf literary composition called the Novel has been carried to so consummate a pitch of perfection during the last twenty or thirty years, that, in its power of delineating, exciting, or soothing the human heart, it almost rivals the Drama itself. True, the Novel must ever want that great advantage of the Drama which the name of the latter implies, -- that of representing by action: and it is also inferior, inasmuch as it can never soar into poetry. This, however, cannot be done even by Rhetoric, with all its flowers : and both this species of writing and Rhetoric itself must always be content to be prose. And yet, as the Drama charms us in the closet without being acted, and also without being always poetry, there is no reason, priori, why a Novel, founded on human nature, and not confined to mere pictures of things, should not assume as high a tone, and possess as much influence over us, as any unacted dramatic prose composition. As to representation, we are often more charmed with Shaks- peare in our libraries than even upon the stage : and the plays of Miss Baillie on the passions speak to our minds as forcibly, and as beautifully, as if they were presented to the eye and ear by the best acting of Kemble or Siddons. i We allow, however, that the Novel, being confined to prose, loses, not only the elevation of poetry, but that inexpressible charm which arises from beautiful, measured, and lofty language. The subjects of the Novel, too, being for the most part busied with ordinary life, cannot entirely compare with the higher subjects of the Drama. In the Novel, whatever may have been done for it by exalted genius, we can scarcely expect to witness " Gorgeous Tragedy, In sceptred pall, come sweeping by:" though the author of Waverley has made ...  
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  • Robert Plumer Ward
  • General Books LLC
  • Unknown
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