F. R. Leavis Eliseo Vivas - Essay

Eliseo Vivas

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Nothing will be gained by beating about the bush. To my astonishment, I found [D. H. Lawrence: Novelist] both difficult to read and unsatisfactory in several fundamental respects. At its best, Mr. Leavis's study of Lawrence is as good as, or better than, his essays in The Great Tradition or in The Common Pursuit. But one of the factors that account for its excellence, the author's strong emotional ties to his subject, tends to make him see virtues that are not there, and to overlook flaws that should have been discerned with the aid of the critical tools he employs. (p. 123)

We cannot trace, however, all the defects of Mr. Leavis's book to his reverence for Lawrence. We must go...

(The entire section is 918 words.)