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What is less welcome is the way in which much mediocre contemporary fiction
has been unconsciously generic, partly because of the narrowness of the
experience which the authors can put into it, but more importantly because of the
The process that most concerns Doris Lessing is the way in which 'experience' is
transformed into 'fiction'. In The Golden Notebook we see the source material for
Frontiers of War, but not the novel itself; we are, however, able to read the draft ...
As he states it, his position seems to me oppressively solipsistic and narcissistic;
the reader may not find anything like the same degree of interest in the author's
personal experiences as the author himself, as parts of Trawl make apparent.
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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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