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Too much reading of romantic novels can addle the mind



   Too much reading of romantic novels, romantic type literature, 
   can addle the mind.  This assertion is suggested in Don Quixote, 
   Madame Bovary and other books.  It is an important observation, 
   a true one.  Too much reading of romantic material can deeply 
   influence a mind.  Children and idealistic, impressionable 
   people are especially susceptable.  These books can draw a 
   person further and further from reality and cloud understanding 
   of life.  I read a lot of romantic material when I was a child 
   and I think it made a deep impression on my mind.  It created 
   false images and generated false expectations of life. 

   May 1985


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