Literary Techniques

Cozzens's primary technique here and in most of his fiction is his own brand of realism, a realism which is marked by the extreme compression...

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Social Concerns

Cozzens does not use his novels as a forum for his personal views, so they do not contain broad statements on social issues. Cozzens tries,...

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(Masterpieces of American Fiction)

Bracher, Frederick. The Novels of James Gould Cozzens. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1959. Of the eight novels by Cozzens published between 1931 and 1959, Bracher argues that at least four of them are of “major importance by any set of standards.” Defends Cozzens from attacks by critics for his lack of personal commitment, showing him to be a novelist of intellect whose strength is storytelling. A thorough commentary on Cozzens’s literary career.

Bruccoli, Matthew J. James Gould Cozzens: A Life Apart. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983. This book-length story of Cozzens is essentially a biography with useful information...

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Literary Precedents

Two precedents bear mentioning. First, Cozzens stands naturally at the logical end of the movement of literary realism. Once the portrayal of...

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Related Titles

Since Cozzens's whole career marks his movement toward greater and greater realism, all his novels are related to this one. But his use of...

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Almost before the book came off the presses, Cozzens sold the movie rights; estimates of how much he was paid range from $100,000 to...

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