John Wain Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

John Wain Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

As a novelist, John Wain has been described as a “painfully honest” writer who always, to an unusual degree, wrote autobiography. His own fortunes and his emotional reactions to these fortunes are, of course, transformed in various ways. His purpose is artistic, not confessional, and he shaped his material accordingly. As Wain himself stated, this intention is both pure and simple: to express his own feelings honestly and to tell the truth about the world he knew. At his best—in Born in Captivity, Strike the Father Dead, A Winter in the Hills, and The Pardoner’s Tale—Wain finds a great many ways to convey the message that life is ultimately tragic. Human beings suffer, life is...

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