James Gould Cozzens

James Gould Cozzens (kŭz´ənz), 1903–78, American novelist, b. Chicago. His novels usually concern upper-middle-class professional men who are faced with moral dilemmas that require compromising their ideals. All Cozzens's works are characterized by meticulous craftsmanship and an objective, almost clinical style. His novels include The Last Adam (1933), The Just and the Unjust (1942), Guard of Honor (1948; Pulitzer Prize), By Love Possessed (1957), and Morning, Noon, and Night (1968).

See biography by M. J. Bruccoli (1981).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

James Gould Cozzens: Selected full-text books and articles

James Gould Cozzens: New Acquist of True Experience By Matthew J. Bruccoli Southern Illinois University Press, 1979
Strangers to This Ground: Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Writing By W. M. Frohock Southern Methodist University Press, 1961
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Cozzens and His Critics: A Problem in Perspective"
The Eternal Adam and the New World Garden: The Central Myth in the American Novel since 1830 By David W. Noble Braziller, 1968
Librarian’s tip: Chap. V "After the Lost Generation: William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, James Gould Cozzens"
In My Opinion: An Inquiry into the Contemporary Novel By Orville Prescott Bobbs-Merrill, 1952
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XII "Two Modern Masters: Cozzens, Cary"
Essays in Modern American Literature By Richard E. Langford Stetson University Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "James Gould Cozzens: A Cultural Dilemma" begins on p. 103
The Harvard Advocate Anthology By Donald Hall; W. G. Peckham Twayne Publishers, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "James Gould Cozzens, '26 1903" begins on p. 216
American Novelists of Today By Harry R. Warfel American Book, 1951
Librarian’s tip: "James Gould Cozzens" begins on p. 103
A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern American Literature By Dorothy Nyren; Dorothy Nyren Frederick Ungar, 1960 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Cozzens, James Gould (1903-)" begins on p. 111
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary By E. C. Applegate Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "James Gould Cozzens" begins on p. 83
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