Complex Villains and Samuel Richardson’s Robert Lovelace from ‘Clarrissa’

Complicated characters , whether heroes or villains (I’m applying the terms to both sexes) or a bit of both, are always fascinating. As I see it, there’s only two problems with complex characters , good and bad: one is that they take so much work to envisage and the other is that, portaying them adequately … Continue reading Complex Villains and Samuel Richardson’s Robert Lovelace from ‘Clarrissa’

A Round Robin from Kenrick

I, Goronwy Kenrick, receive so much of what you moderns call in your rebarbative parlance ‘fan mail’ that I feel I must reply ; yet, having no spare time (and that in itself is ironic, in view of my experiments with time, ha, ha!) I am taking advantage of another vulgar modern idea – the … Continue reading A Round Robin from Kenrick

Moral Transformations of a Scoundrel Through a Good Angel

At the moment I'm writing a story where the male protagonist is as wicked as Richardson's Lovelace in 'Clarissa'. He talks a good deal of reform, claiming that he wants a good woman to help him to reform - but sincerity isn't exactly his strong point; as neither is a capacity for objective analysis of … Continue reading Moral Transformations of a Scoundrel Through a Good Angel

Samuel Richardson’s ‘Clarissa’ and Complex Villains…

Complicated characters , whether heroes or villains (I’m applying the terms to both sexes) or a bit of both, are always fascinating. As I see it, there’s only two problems with complex characters , good and bad: one is that they take so much work to envisage and the other is that, portaying them adequately … Continue reading Samuel Richardson’s ‘Clarissa’ and Complex Villains…

The (Must Have) Devoted Follower in the Classic Robber Novel

The dashing hero – or anti hero – of classical robber novels has to have a Devoted Follower.  It’s a must have accessory. For instant Rinaldo Rinaldini has the ruffianly Ludovico. Pushkin’s Dubrovsky, by contrast, is spoilt for choice – all his band, who consist of his former serfs, are devoted. Perhaps the former blacksmith … Continue reading The (Must Have) Devoted Follower in the Classic Robber Novel

That Scoundrel Emile Dubois

I have a blog tour for 'That Scoundrel Émile Dubois' between 1-7 December at : - http://tonyaloveslife.wordpress.com/2013/11/17/blogger-sign-up-that-scoundrel-emily-dubois/ https://www.facebook.com/events/644227585600129/ I hope readers will visit it. Meanwhile, here's an extract from the story. Lord Ynyr left Plas Uchaf before breakfast, riding through the grey morning down the foothills to Plas Planwydden. The sheep stared at him, and … Continue reading That Scoundrel Emile Dubois