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to time the spirit of the language has reasserted itself, as it did with Dryden and
the writers of Queen Anne, it was only to be submerged once more by the
pomposities of Gibbon and Dr Johnson. When English prose recovered simplicity
I can read every word that Dr Johnson wrote with delight, for he had good sense,
charm and wit. No one could have written better if he had not wilfully set himself
to write in the grand style. He knew good English when he saw it. No critic has ...
... is their reality they can look upon reality as make-believe. xxxii I began to write
plays, as do most young writers, I expect, because it seemed less difficult to set
down on paper the things people said than to construct a narrative. Dr Johnson ...
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