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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 . ... It is in essence a young intellectual's imaginative
reconstruction of the lives of his grandparents and their families and relations, ...
He writes: Is it not something to tell, when a score of people I knew and loved,
people beyond whose lives I could imagine no other life, either out of violence in
themselves or the times, or out of some misery or shame, scattered into the new
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.
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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
The Southern Novel Between the Wars
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