Honor Arundel Celia Boyd - Essay

Celia Boyd

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Certain of Honor Arundel's] characters are types, her style taken out of context can seem self-conscious. However, this is to ignore her basic intentions. I feel that she is directly in the Louisa Alcott tradition, writing stories that the teenager girl might wish to have written for herself…. Of course, Honor Arundel is not a romantic writer, as Louisa Alcott certainly was…. Miss Arundel pauses to explore the undergrowth. She always knows why her characters behave in the way they do. Her great strength is that she does not need to parade this knowledge, but it is there, and the story rests firmly on these careful if unwritten foundations. She writes often in the style that an articulate teenage girl would wish...

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