Richard G. Stern Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Richard G. Stern Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In an interview, Robert L. Raeder noted that Richard G. Stern’s “books and stories seemed to lack a center, a common denominator.” Stern replied that he adheres to a theory of art in which the artist “detaches” himself from his creations and rejects the romantic approach, wherein the author includes his own life, opinions, and feelings. Stern immerses himself not only in the personalities of the characters he invents but also in their occupations and milieus. Accordingly, Stern’s novels explore the minds and worlds of such characters as a professor of biology, a famous sculptor, a journalist, and an aging film director. There is no trace of the author in these diverse creations, nor is there any trace of autobiography...

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