Patrick White Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Patrick White Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Patrick White’s fiction is concerned with the psychological depth and the emotional density of experience, and with the perceptions of the solitary self. This obsession with the isolated self in its search for fulfillment, its quest for an experience of unity and the divine, and its attempts to resolve the contradictions of its social heritage and its sexual nature provides the central drama in White’s fiction. On one hand, White’s fiction is rich in its command of the nuances of dialogue and social intercourse; it is possible to discuss these works in terms primarily of the novel of manners and social comedy. On the other hand, White’s fiction is the work of an author obsessed with tragic vision and a religious quest....

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