LITERATURE AND MORALITY by James T. Farrell

LITERATURE AND MORALITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Again (The League of Frightened Philistines- 1945) Farrell has deserted his customary vein for a volume of essays, reviews and commentary on matters of literary and social significance. The title article concerns the aesthetic morality of our writers today, which is so tenuous in the face of the ""deep moral impasse"" in which the world has sunk. There is further aggression in Farrell's attack against commercialized culture, the Hollywoodization of literature, the bigness in publishing as evidenced by the four leading combines; in the summary of Will Hays, ""apostle of the kingdom of commodities"", in his discussion of the Literary Left where the world-wide Stalinist movement prevails; of radio and advertising. A series of motion picture reviews, a series of articles on Tolstoy, a discussion of bottom-dog literature, an essay on the French Revolution, indicate the variety of coverage...Once again, direct, sometimes controversial, always provocative, criticism. For a circumscribed market.

Publisher: Vanguard