Mary Augusta Ward | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Walter Pater (essay Date 1888)

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Mary Augusta Ward.
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Critical Essay by Walter Pater (essay Date 1888)

[In the following excerpt, originally published in The Guardian in 1888, Pater praises characterization in Robert Elsmere but questions the validity of Elsmere's theological conversion in the novel.]

Those who, in this bustling age, turn to fiction not merely for a little passing amusement, but for profit, for the higher sort of pleasure, will do well, we think (after a conscientious perusal on our own part) to bestow careful reading on Robert Elsmere. A chef d'oeuvre of that kind of quiet evolution of character through circumstance, introduced into English literature by Miss Austen, and carried to perfection in France by George Sand (who is more to the point, because, like Mrs. Ward, she was not afraid to challenge novel-readers to an interest in religious questions), it abounds in sympathy with people as we find them, in...

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