Five Masters: A Study in the Mutations of the Novel

Five Masters: A Study in the Mutations of the Novel

Five Masters: A Study in the Mutations of the Novel

Five Masters: A Study in the Mutations of the Novel

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This book is long but not pretentious. In the case of each of the writers discussed the essay begins at the beginning and attempts to give some account of his life and character in so far as this will aid in the understanding of the artistic significance of his work.

Obviously, the history of the novel cannot be treated through the study of five novelists, but I have, nevertheless, been careful to choose five who seemed to me figures of primary importance for the understanding of that history -- five whose work not only had a powerful influence in determining the direction taken by subsequent writers but which also represented a break with tradition sufficiently brusque to be called a "mutation." Doubtless the composition of the list will seem fantastic to some who will ask why this name was included and why that was left out. To such a question I can only reply frankly that out of the list of possibilities I chose the names of those who interested me most, those whose works I promised myself the most pleasure in rereading and in writing about.

It will be observed that the proportion between the space devoted to literary criticism and the space devoted to the analysis of characters and deeds is not the same in all five of . . .

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