David Caute Alan Ryan - Essay

Alan Ryan

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Collisions collects together 19 essays of one kind and another which David Caute has written during the course of the past ten years. The remarkable range of his talents as novelist, playwright, political theorist and historian makes one cast about a bit anxiously for some common thread, a unifying theme. Mr Caute seems to share this anxiety; he suggests that one 'obvious thread linking these disparate pieces is the inclination to walk to and fro across the bridges which join, or can be made to join, history, politics and literature'….

The unifying theme is a 'continual gnawing' at familiar liberal dilemmas—what sort of price is it worth paying to preserve one's freedom from foreign...

(The entire section is 401 words.)