Ellen Glasgow Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Ellen Glasgow Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Turning away from a romanticized view of her own Virginia, Ellen Glasgow became a part of the revolt against the elegiac tradition of southern letters. Although she rejected romance, she did not turn to realism; rather, she saw herself as a “verist”: “The whole truth,” she said, “must embrace the interior world as well as external appearances.” In this sense, she strove for what she called “blood and irony”—blood because the South had grown thin and pale and was existing on borrowed ideas, copying rather than creating; and irony because it is the surest antidote to sentimental decay. Certain that life in the South was not as it had been pictured by previous writers, she produced a series of novels that recorded...

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