Saturday, July 17, 2010

namely, Voltaire

He despised novels which spoke never-endingly of love, romance and adventures high and low. They were in untruth in four volumes. They peddled dangerous illusions about human nature and the real world and were products of "weak-minded authors who write unthinkingly of matters unworthy of being read by thinking persons". One of his nightmares was being forced to reread Clarissa.

D. Coward, "To get the Beast by the tale", TLS October 23 2009, p.14