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CHAPTER XII
THE VICTORIAN ERA

delicate, thoughtful, sympathetic love of nature and such exquisiteness of expression as are shown in the works of Burns and Wordsworth and Tennyson. Prose, at first as heavy and rough and clumsy as a weapon of some savage tribe, has become, in the hand of its best masters, through centuries of hammering and filing and tempering as keen as a Damascus blade. History, which was at first the bare statement of certain occurrences, has become a vivid panorama of events, combined with profound study of their causes and their results. Biography is no longer the throwing of a preternatural halo around its subject ; the ideal biography of to-day is that which, uncoloured by the prejudice of the writer, presents the man himself as interpreted by his deeds and words. The novel is the form of literary expression belonging specially to the present age ; and because of its very nearness to us in time and in interest, the judgment of its merits is difficult. Of two points, however, we may be sure: first, that to centre in one character of a book all interest and all careful workmanship is a mark of degeneracy ; second, that to picture life faithfully, but with the faithfulness of the artist and not of the camera, is a mark of excellence. It is this requirement of faithfulness to truth which is after all the most worthy literary " note " of our age. The history must be accurate ; the biography must be unprejudiced ; the reasoning of the essay must be without fallacy ; the poem must flash out a genuine thought ; and the novel that would endure must be true to life

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