Tradition and dream: the English and American novel from the twenties to our time
A survey of twentieth-century English and American fiction covers the works of Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Sinclair Lewis, John Steinbeck, Norman Mailer, and Iris Murdoch
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It is part of Wescott's talent that he sees the beauty of puritanism: 'To live in the
spirit instead of the flesh . . . Puritanism appeals to the imagination, but it makes
people sick.' The Apple of the Eye is a study of puritanism and its consequences.
As Lacy says: 'Our lives were eternally balanced upon a pedestal below which
was an abyss that I could not name. Within that invisible tension my father knew
the moves of an intricate game that he expected everybody else to play.
The simplest description of the work is probably contained in one of
Pursewarden's many statements about life and art: We live lives based on
selected fictions. Our view of reality is conditioned by our position in space and
time — not by our ...
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As with the predecessor, 'Tradition and Dream' is just a great piece of literary history. But it's better than the earlier history (which dealt with English fiction until about 1914) for a few reasons ... Read full review
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