George P. Elliott Analysis

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(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

George P. Elliott’s published works include poetry; personal, philosophical, and literary essays (originally published in such journals as Commentary, Commonweal, Nation, Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, and The Writer); and novels. He is best known for his short stories, however, particularly those collected in Among the Dangs.


(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

As an American novelist and short-story writer, George P. Elliott has proven himself as a craftsman of modern realistic fiction. His work was influenced by earlier masters of that tradition such as Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and James Joyce, as well as prose stylists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The thoughts of early modern poets such as William Butler Yeats and W. H. Auden also had an impact on his writing. While incorporating experimental elements into his work, Elliott consistently affirmed the vitality of the traditional. His honors and awards include a Hudson Review Fellowship in fiction from 1956 to 1957; a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship from 1961 to 1962; the Indiana Authors’ Day Award in 1962 for Among the Dangs; the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship at the University of New Mexico in 1962; a Ford Foundation fellowship for writing in connection with the theater from 1965 to 1966; and the National Institute of Arts and Letters award in 1969.


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Hills, Rust, ed. Writer’s Choice. New York: David McKay, 1974. In the introduction to this collection of short stories by notable contemporary American writers such as John Barth and John Updike, Hills discusses the reasons why he chose to include Elliott’s story “Children of Ruth” in the collection. He also mentions several reasons why the story can be considered one of Elliott’s representative works.

McCormack, Thomas, ed. Afterwords: Novelists and Their Novels. New York: Harper and Row, 1969. In one section of this informative collection of essays written by novelists about the task of writing, Elliott offers some interesting insights about the writing of his collection Among the Dangs. Aside from shedding light on the general process of fiction writing, the essay also illustrates Elliott’s particular blend of the personal and the universal in his writing.

Morse, J. Mitchell. “A Warm Heart and a Good Head.” The Hudson Review 3 (Autumn, 1964): 478-480. In this review of A Piece of Lettuce, Morse views the work as a mix between literary criticism and autobiography. Most praiseworthy, according to Morse, is Elliott’s attempt to discuss literature and politics as human activities with serious consequences.

Podhoretz, Norman. “The New Nihilism in the Novel.” In Doings...

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