There's a vast amount of scholarship behind this appraisal of the forces that have molded modern British literature, from the romantic decadence of Pater and Wilde, to the French symbolists from whom Eliot and Joyce derived; the ""little magazines"", from the Yellow Book to Horizon; the forces of the Left, the Right, of disenchantment, fantasy, realism, symbolism and imagism, etc. Poetry, the theatre, biography, essays, fiction, satire, all are assayed in relation to each of the dominant forces Tindall sees exemplified in modern writing. Not a book for the student seeking an overall of 20th century literature, but for readers who have read widely, this should serve to correlate and clarify. The relatively casual reader will find confusion in the array of names, in the assumption of familiarity with writers many of whom are virtaully forgotten today. An important book for college libraries.