1852 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Walpole

Mary Russell Mitford, in Recollections of a Literary Life; or Books, Places, and People (1852) 323-24.



I am not sure, true and living human beings as Horace Walpole and Madame d'Arblay [Fanny Burney] have shown themselves in their letters and journals — full of that great characteristic of our human nature, inconsistency, of strength and weakness, of wisdom and folly, of virtues and faults; I am not sure, eminently human as these worthies shine forth in their writings, that those who never lived except in the writings of other people — the heroes and heroines of Miss Austen, for example — are not more the more real of the two.