The beginnings of naturalism in the English novel
"By the words "scientific observation" a picture of the laboratory is called up. However, life cannot be reduced to the small limits of a scientist's workshop; thus the naturalistic writer uses the statistical and case method of research: he makes a study of cases as he sees them and carefully tabulates results. The true naturalist just as cheerfully accepts all the factors and just as carefully keeps himself out of the final results as does the physicist or chemist. It is life, and not his own feeling for it, that he aims to present."--Page 3.
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