David Caute Richard Crossman - Essay

Richard Crossman

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[In The Fellow-Travellers] which is stuffed full of interesting anecdotes and character sketches, [Mr Caute] has tried, first, to give a chronological narrative of the phases through which the fellow-traveller movement passed between 1917 and 1956, when he thinks it faded away, and, secondly, by an examination of the fantastic gallimaufry of personalities involved, to discover what are the essential common characteristics of the fellow-traveller. Alas, by seeking to combine the methods of the historian with those of the social psychologist, he has produced a book which is both over-long and extremely confused. The narrative is interrupted by such long analytical digressions that it is difficult to follow. Each...

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