Esther Forbes Henry Commager - Essay

Henry Commager

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Miss Forbes is in love with New England, and ["Rainbow on the Road"] is her confession and her declaration. It is, to be sure, about New England of a century ago, but much of it is familiar, both the appearance and the character. This view of New England is a welcome change from current fashion—early autumns or desire under the elms or last puritans or George Apleys—and it is a long time since we have had a book that delighted in the granite ledges and the noisy brooks and the little white villages and the flavor of the villages….

"Rainbow on the Road" is a picaresque novel. As with most picaresque novels, the story itself is not very important….

Ruby Lambkin comes to...

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