François Mauriac Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

François Mauriac Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Among the major novelists of the twentieth century, perhaps only Ernest Hemingway may be said to have produced an oeuvre as uneven as that of François Mauriac. To an even greater degree than Hemingway, Mauriac appears to have been almost constitutionally incapable of distinguishing between treasure and trash in his work, leaving that task to several generations of able scholars and critics. Decades after Mauriac’s first true success with A Kiss for the Leper, most critics have reached agreement on the relative merits of his various works, citing the decade between 1922 and 1932 as the period of his richest, if not his most prolific, activity. To this period belong such acknowledged masterpieces as Genitrix,...

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