In fact, the popular novel
that the public calls healthy is always a thoroughly unhealthy production; and what the public call an unhealthy novel
is always a beautiful and healthy work of art.
I am looking forward to the time when we men shall have nothing to do but lie in bed till twelve, read two novels
a day, have nice little five-o'clock teas all to ourselves, and tax our brains with nothing more trying than discussions upon the latest patterns in trousers and arguments as to what Mr.
He lends me his rooms,' wailed Mr Morrison, 'so that I can be perfectly quiet and undisturbed while I write my novel
, and, first thing I know, this music starts to arrive.
What I want to do in writing novels
is very much what you want to do when you play the piano, I expect," he began, turning and speaking over his shoulder.
My elder brother, for whom there was no place in the office where I worked, had found one in a store, and he beguiled the leisure that light trade left on his hands by reading the novels
of Captain Marryat.
It was true, he decided; though the novels
he had read had led him to believe otherwise.
Carbury, confined to the sofa by a spinal malady, had been hitherto dependent on her niece for one of the few pleasures she could enjoy, the pleasure of having the best new novels
read to her as they came out.
But we have not yet spoken much about this kind of book for until now there were no novels
in our meaning of the word.
Thus a swarm of foolish novels
and monstrous romances will be produced, either to the great impoverishing of booksellers, or to the great loss of time and depravation of morals in the reader; nay, often to the spreading of scandal and calumny, and to the prejudice of the characters of many worthy and honest people.
But as we are to see a great deal of Amelia, there is no harm in saying, at the outset of our acquaintance, that she was a dear little creature; and a great mercy it is, both in life and in novels
, which (and the latter especially) abound in villains of the most sombre sort, that we are to have for a constant companion so guileless and good-natured a person.
A man who is not born with the novel
-writing gift has a troublesome time of it when he tries to build a novel
When one writes a novel
about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop -- that is, with a marriage; but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can.