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What interested him, then, in his characters is not primarily the social man,
though he did not neglect him, but that part of man that is submerged and never
seen, the unconscious, to which he preaches something like passivity on the part
of the ...
Jennie herself is a successful creation precisely as Carrie is not, and mainly
because she is seen as almost entirely nonintellectual; she possesses, in
Dreiser's words, 'a largeness of feeling not altogether squared with intellect'; and
Roth's artistry is seen at its clearest in his handling of speech. He renders with
horrible fidelity the degraded mutilations of English as spoken by the children of
European immigrants: “My ticher calls id Xmas, but de kids call id Chrizmas.
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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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