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" I think, above most works, it contributed to put an end to the Satanic mania,^ to turn the thoughts and ambition of young gentlemen without neckcloths, and young clerks who were sallow, from playing the Corsair, and boasting that they were villains. "
Pelham: Or, Adventures of a Gentleman - Page xi
by Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton - 1855 - 304 pages
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The Southern literary messenger, Volume 4

1838 - 822 pages
...villains of the Byron school, by the examples which he sets before them. Speaking of Pelham, he says, " it contributed to put an end to the satanic mania...the corsair and boasting that they were villains." He seems to be content to have multiplied crime by diminishing its intensity ; for let him be assured...
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Pelham: Or, Adventures of a Gentleman. To which is Added, Falkland, Volume 1

Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton - 1893 - 394 pages
...maintain. Whether it answered all the objects it attempted I cannot pretend to say; one at least I f imagine that it did answer: I think, above most works,...mistaking the irony of Pelham, they went to the extreme of emulatmg^the "foibTcs which that hero attributes to himself, — those were foibles at least more harmless,...
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The Life of Edward Bulwer: First Lord Lytton, Volume 1

Earl of Lytton - Great Britain - 1913 - 632 pages
...most works, it contributed to put an end to the Satanic Mania — to turn the thoughts and ambitions of young gentlemen without neckcloths, and young clerks...boasting that they were villains. If, mistaking the 1 George Burges (1786-1864) was a well-known Trinity man, who at this time had a high reputation as...
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Satire in the Victorian Novel

Frances Theresa Russell - English fiction - 1920 - 374 pages
...Laureate's two unique faculties, — "of believing without a reason, and of hating without a provocation." young clerks who were sallow, from playing the Corsair and boasting that they were villains." 1 Nearly a half century after Pelham, we have a reference which strikes indirectly the keynote of satire,...
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Byron and the Victorians

Andrew Elfenbein - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 310 pages
...as a heroic ideal for readers of popular literature. In his 1840 preface, he boasted that the work contributed to put an end to the Satanic mania, —...than the conceit of a general detestation of mankind, (p. 452) Whether or not clerks actually played the Corsair, Pelham directed them to close their Byron...
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