Caroline Gordon Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Caroline Gordon Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Caroline Gordon’s theories of fiction and her debts to the writers who influenced her were spelled out in lectures that she gave at the University of Kansas and later published as How to Read a Novel, and in commentaries and appendices to The House of Fiction, an anthology of short stories she edited with Tate. In her theory and in her practice, she combined ideas from Aristotle and Dante, Gustave Flaubert, Henry James, Ford Madox Ford, and James Joyce. From the modern masters came the technique of closely rendered scenes, the disappearance of the author from her fiction by means of an impersonal style, and the use of what Gordon called natural symbolism. From Aristotle came certain “constants,” particularly...

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