Bibliography (Magill's Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition)
Bridgers, Sue-Ellen. “Bless the Beasts and Children by Glendon Swarthout.” In Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints, edited by Nicholas J. Karolides, Lee Burress, and John M. Kean. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1993. An informative essay devoted to the reasons why Swarthout’s book has been censored.
Conner, John W. Review of Bless the Beasts and Children, by Glendon Swarthout. English Journal 61 (January, 1972): 139. The reviewer points to the book’s use of archetypal patterns and situations as well as exuberance and wit. Praises Swarthout for retaining a hold on the general populace and not relying on the avant-garde.
Garfield, Brian. Review of Bless the Beasts and Children, by Glendon Swarthout. Harper’s Magazine 240 (April, 1970): 107. Garfield calls Bless the Beasts and Children a compassionate and compelling drama about six adolescents who start out on a quest for “redemption, pride and justice.” The novel, Garfield says, is one superb example of what happens “when a writer’s craft is equal to the grandeur of his theme.”
Schickel, Richard. Review of Bless the Beasts and Children, by Glendon Swarthout. Saturday Review 53 (May 2, 1970): 29. Although Schickel calls the novel an exciting adventure story, he is careful to make the point that...
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