Literature and Reality

Literature and Reality

Literature and Reality

Literature and Reality

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All the schools, styles, and fashions in literature, in other times as well as today, have come into existence through the particular relationship of an author or a group of authors to objective reality. Howsoever these schools and fashions in literature may designate themselves, they can be quite adequately understood through an investigation of the writer's relationship to reality; the application of any other set of standards can only lead to confusion, and very often to the erection of a philosophical structure wherein obscurity is enthroned and ignorance deified.

Then, indeed, a strange and shoddy piece of cloth is woven, the unraveling of which becomes a task of some consequence; yet unless that particular cloth is taken apart, unless each shoddy thread of it is exposed to the light of day, we are bound to witness a steady destruction of standards, a process of corruption which is all too evident today. Literature has always been a most precise reflection of the society which produced it, and in a society rent by contradictions, strangling in its own economic chaos, and looking fearfully to a hideous world war as a possible solution, a great deal of that society's literature will quite naturally be far from healthy. The literature, creative and critical, of America is sick, deeply sick; only a great progressive upsurge can cure it. While it may be certainly stated that the progressive upsurge is on its way, one of the immediate steps to be undertaken is an examination of the . . .

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