Acknowledgments; List of Illustrations; Introduction: What Is Stylistic Virtue?; 1. Stylistic Virtue and the Rise of Literary Formalism; 2. Stylistic Virtue between Moralism and Aestheticism; 3. Virtue Theory and the Nature of the Aesthetic; 4. Thackeray's Grace; 5. Trollope's Ease and Lucidity; 6. Meredith's Fervidness; Afterword: Stylistic Virtue and Literary Value; Bibliography; Index.
Offers a deep history of style in theory and practice that transforms our understanding of style in the novel.
Matthew Sussman is a lecturer in the Department of English at the The University of Sydney.