FIFTY YEARS OF THE AMERICAN NOVEL by Harold C. --  Gardiner

FIFTY YEARS OF THE AMERICAN NOVEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A symposium of critical studies of key American authors by an all Catholic group of critics, this is remarkably restrained in its religious slant, and consequently a very rewarding study of the 20th century American novel. The authors put on the riddle are Edith Wharton who wrote of the decay of a frivolous society; Dreiser who was concerned too much with materialism; Ellen Glasgow whose theme was social change in the -bellum South; Willa Cather and Sinclair Lewis who saw two facets of Mid-Western ; J. P. Marquand, a ""Martini-age victorian""; Fitzgerald, Dos Passos, Hemingway; ; Steinbeck, Farrell; and the post-war group of novelists whose theme is largely heir experiences in the last war. An interesting if uncompromising evaluation that finds wanting in the novelists of the last few decades.

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1951
Publisher: Scribner