THE PSYCHOLOGICAL NOVEL: 1900-1950 by Leon Edel

THE PSYCHOLOGICAL NOVEL: 1900-1950

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A study of the novel which relates inner experience, and the language through which it is conveyed, narrows down primarily to the works of Proust, Dorothy Richardson, and James Joyce, who during a period of two years (1913-1915) were to make their ""voyages through consciousness"" independently of each other and to find their impulse and impetus in different sources. These sources (for Dorothy Richardson it was Henry James; Leon Edel is primarily known as a James biographer and critic); the function of the psychological novel- its ability to arouse intense feeling as well as intellectual apprehension; the publication of Vlysses- ""the counterpoint of consciousness""; the extension of this medium into the realm of poetry- particularly in the case of Virginia Woolf-- all this forms an analysis, with textual illustrations, of a more subjective and more creative form of writing and reading experience. A steady rather than subtle commentator and critic, Leon Edel addresses himself largely to students and study groups.

Pub Date: April 6th, 1955
Publisher: Lippincott