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Joyce Cary: Liberal Principles - Cornelia Cook

Vision and Barnes & Noble, 1981, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “Joyce Cary is celebrated as a creator of memorable characters and as a novelist in whose hands the worlds of art, politics and religion come vividly to life. While offering a detailed critique of Cary’s novels, this book argues that Cary’s main achievement as a writer — an achievement which should designate him as a major figure among modern writers — is the realization of a lively, significant fiction with a serious liberal bias.

Cary’s liberalism — examined here in the context of its historical and theoretic background — not only provided his novels’ themes and elements of their subject-matter, but also provoked a distinctive method of fiction. A thematic emphasis on education, liberty and the relationship between personal happiness and social progress pervades the novels, where the history of political liberalism in Britain recurs as a subject. Cary’s emphasis on character and his commitment to the free expression of conflicting opinions in fiction led him to the tour de force of his trilogies, where the juxtaposition of the varied viewpoints of self-revealing characters challenges the reader’s judgements while widening his experience.

With the aid of the vast body of Cary’s manuscript drafts, notebooks and letters, this book fully charts the development of his fiction. It establishes the consistency and importance of Cary’s liberal principles in shaping that fiction, and sensitively records the challenges and contradictions inherent in the position of an Edwardian liberal novelist in the mid-twentieth century.”


Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Critical Studies series. 242 pages.
£7.50