Angus Wilson Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Angus Wilson Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

“Self-realization was to become the theme of all my novels,” declared Angus Wilson in The Wild Garden. Self-realization does not take place in a vacuum; the process is closely linked with a person’s efforts to face and to cope with the world. Wilson’s childhood experience, among déclassé middle-class people living in a fantasy world, initiated the novelist’s interest in the conflict between two worlds and in the possibility or impossibility of resolving the conflict. The rapidly changing scene in England as the Edwardian Age gave way to the postwar 1920’s, with the cultural dominance of Bloomsbury, and then to the radical leftist 1930’s, impressed on him the urgency of such a search. His encounter with...

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