Cynthia Propper Seton Alice Adams - Essay

Alice Adams

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

At moments when even the works of one's favorite Victorian novelists seem simply too long and too complex for a pleasant reread, and when one also lacks the stamina for some heavy unread classic—I have begun to face the fact I will never read "Don Quixote"—at those times there is a certain sort of novel for which a certain sort of addicted novel reader will yearn. We want, then, a fairly light but highly intelligent amusement: an early Mary McCarthy novel, say; a Muriel Spark; anything by Barbara Pym—and it is interesting that mostly women come to mind, as fulfillers of this particular need….

Admirers of Cynthia Propper Seton undoubtedly find just those qualities of lightness and intelligence...

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