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(Although underlying the tough modernity of his exposition there is a purely
aesthetic concept of the art of the novel that has been inherited virtually
unchanged from Flaubert.) In fact, the creators of character, in the traditional
sense, can now ...
In 'Against Dryness' Miss Murdoch insisted on the need to respect the 'opacity of
persons', by which she means their impenetrability and unpredictability, their
resistance to any form of appropriation, whether political or aesthetic. But the ...
The latter is the second and opposed impulse to which I have referred : the
novelist, who must use words with meanings, cannot construct a self-contained
aesthetic monad, or write as an activity of pure style, whatever the promptings of ...
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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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