Twenty one outstanding critics discuss various aspects of the forms and technique of the novel, and representative novelists. The key to the general approach is set by the editor, William Van O'Connor, in the introductory essay, The Novel in Our Time, Mark Schorer and Allen Tate expand the thesis in discussing Technique as Discovery and Techniques of Fiction. But the bulk of the material might be considered as exemplifying the critical approach, grounded in appreciation of the significance of technique, and applied to appraisal of as varied writers as Henry James, James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, E.M. Forster, Andre Gide, Aldous Huxley, Graham Greene, Robert Penn Warren. A book that demands a thorough familiarity with the writers discussed, as no effort is made to supply deficiencies of knowledge, the assumption that the reader is on familiar ground. This will somewhat limit the scope of the market to students, critics, and omnivorous readers of the modern leaders in the novel field. Some of the contributors are themselves novelists turned critic (or in some instances poets, or critics, turned novelists),- T.S. Eliot, Lionel Trilling, Robert Penn Warren, etc.