Saturday, April 07, 2007

Henry James on Trollope

Our greatest objection to The Belton Estate is that we seem to be reading a work written for children, a work prepared for minds unable to think, a work below the apprehension of the average man or woman. The Belton Estate is a stupid book… essentially, organically stupid. It is without a single idea. It is utterly incompetent to the primary function of a book of whatever nature, to suggest thought.

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