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an imaginative act that Vivas calls 'the constitutive symbol', which is a symbol '
whose referend cannot be fully exhausted by explication, because that to which it
refers is symbolized not only through it but in it'. The concept is obviously related
Mrs Moore seems to me successful as a symbol. What she means cannot be
paraphrased, though one may make many guesses about her significance. She
is among other things a Magna Mater figure, older than English and Indian and
As he had been a symbol of the Jazz Age, so he might stand as a symbol of the
crash that followed. He died in 1940, aged 44, a man who lived in the last twilight
decade of his short life at the heroic pitch of desperation. This Side of Paradise ...
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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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