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Parthian Words Storm Jameson

Parthian Words

Storm Jameson

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ISBN : 9780060121761
Hardcover
155 pages
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This short book offers the dispassionate but sharp-tongued comments on the novel today by an old fiction hand, a personal exercise of taste and judgement, backed by a life interest in the history and methods of literary criticism. It reviews theMoreThis short book offers the dispassionate but sharp-tongued comments on the novel today by an old fiction hand, a personal exercise of taste and judgement, backed by a life interest in the history and methods of literary criticism. It reviews the evergreen question of the death of the novel, so often and confidently announced- the difficulties, peculiar to our nihilistic and often brutal age, that press on the contemporary novelist- the effect on him and his work of the technological revolution- his increasing diffidence in face of the overwhelming prestige of science in our day- the changing language of fiction- the novel as an art form- the nouveau roman, and its most sophisticated and more esoteric cousin, the nouvelle critique- the eruption into common daylight of pornographic fiction- the use and misuse of censorship. It attempts to decide whether the traditional or classic novel has a future and what sort of future. Though it may offend a great many solemn persons it has not been written to give offence, but in a serious effort to reach some positive conclusions about the health, the moral and aesthetic worth, of the novel in a day when our minds are, as never before, at the mercy of their worst dreams.