Lindsay Anderson John Russell Taylor - Essay

John Russell Taylor

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

It might be possible on the basis of Wakefield Express to imagine Anderson as a soft-hearted liberal, a sentimental kind of humanist who rather uncritically loves people, the quainter the better. But the humanity of Thursday's Children is something altogether tougher, harder won…. Though the information conveyed by the film is by no means uncomplicatedly optimistic—only a third of the children, we learn, can ever hope to achieve true speech—Thursday's Children comes across as a hymn to man's potential, a study not so much of suffering as of triumph over suffering. (p. 74)

If Thursday's Children showed a new tough-mindedness in Anderson's work, O Dreamland...

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