Ideas and the Novel by Mary McCarthy

Ideas and the Novel

byMary McCarthy

Kobo ebook | October 15, 2013

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In this eye-opening book, Mary McCarthy shares her love of the novel and her fear that it is becoming an endangered literary species

“He had a mind so fine that no idea could violate it.”

So begins Mary McCarthy’s fascinating critical analysis of the novel (and its practitioners) from her double-edged perspective as both reader and writer. The bestselling author of The Group takes T. S. Eliot’s quote about Henry James, written in 1918, as a jumping-off point to discuss how the novel has evolved—or not—in the last century. In this lively, erudite book, McCarthy throws down the gauntlet: Why did the nineteenth century produce novels of ideas while the twentieth century is so lacking in serious fiction? She winnows out the underachieving (read: overhyped) authors from the geniuses, explores why Jean Valjean personifies man’s conscience in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, and shows how Stendhal’s* **The Red and the Black “illustrates the evil effects of reading.” She also tackles the role of the omniscient narrator *and analogizes novels to air travel.

With its exploration of authors from Balzac to D. H. Lawrence, *Ideas and the Novel *holds inviolate the idea of the novel as a means ultimately of liberating ideas.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Mary McCarthy including rare images from the author’s estate.

Title:Ideas and the NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:Open Road MediaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:148044121X

ISBN - 13:9781480441217