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If one believes that the novel offers unique possibilities for the enlargement of
consciousness and the intensification of being, then one will resist treating it as a
particular kind of literary pigeon-hole, no matter how capacious, and will see the
reasons dismiss the work of admired English writers such as, say, Philip Larkin or
Angus Wilson, which they regard as preserving an obsolete strain of middle-class
social and literary values, and turn instead to American writing, to find spiritual ...
Yet on considering Snow himself as a literary figure one is struck by the immense
disparity between what he says and what he does. In fact Snow's belief in the
humanistic, melioristic, progressive qualities of scientific culture has become ...
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Crazy uneven: the introductory chapters are great. Bergonzi was clearly at his best making general arguments, and the contrasts he draws between American and English literature are interesting. But in ... Read full review
Character and Liberalism
The Ideology of Being English
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