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Book Title: The Female Quixote|
The author of the book: Charlotte Lennox
Date of issue: February 23rd 2011
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The concept of a woman driven as crazy as Don Quixote by her reading of overwrought eighteenth century romances was I thought an amusing one, but didn't make for a great book. Possibly the execution was difficult because of the relatively restricted sphere of movement that her heroine has in 18th century England. I felt that Jane Austen achieved a better result in Northanger Abbey in which her heroine interprets everything she hears in the light of the gothic-fantasties that she is always reading.
So Lennox focuses attention back on the Quixote. Such a simple, brilliant idea, yet how hard to execute as more than a one joke story, yet on the other hand the more you do than that the closer you get to Cervantes. What Lennox achieves is a translation of the earlier book into an eighteenth century British context - what would be crazy and contemporary in the era of the four Georges - a woman who treats Pamela or Clarissa type stories with comical earnestness. From all this it is hard not to feel that Cervantes' creation is the greatest book in European literary history (view spoiler)[ or perhaps I too am crazy(view spoiler)[which I am of course, but normally just everyday crazy not especially crazy (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] because this type of writing requires from the author both a loving appreciation of literature and a willingness to explode it from the inside, an openness to its seductive power and an intimate knowledge of its feet of clay.
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Read information about the authorCharlotte Ramsay Lennox (born: c. 1730) was a British author and poet of the 18th century. She is most famous now as the author of The Female Quixote and for her association with Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds, and Samuel Richardson, but she had a long career and wrote poetry, prose, and drama.
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