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Caldwell, Taylor

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Caldwell, Taylor 1900–

A British-born American novelist, Miss Caldwell has written Dear and Glorious Physician and Dialogues with the Devil. More recently, she has published The Search for a Soul, an examination of reincarnation in terms of her personal experience. (See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. 5-8, rev. ed.)

It has been suggested by the author that her novels are too clean for TV or motion pictures. Maybe [Testimony of Two Men] since it is a bit spicey with the language of medicine and the brusque brutality of the hero—might add that filip which the camera needs for our mid-day audiences and viewers….

I am sure that my feelings and my reading experience of these many years of reviewing novels bid me say that this novel is not true to life. The long speeches of various actors within it decrying income taxes, socialization, the liberal views of Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and a host of others—(especially those quotations from the classical authors and all supporting the author's thesis that America is on the threshold of awful decay because of our coddling of the poor and our foreign involvements) is just too much to bear. I say this most of all because I resent such debates through the mouths of literary people. I really do not think this is the field for the novelist, but rather for the campaign platform. But it is fascinating and the author writes well.

Eugene J. Linehan, S.J., in Best Sellers, May 15, 1968.

This is a lean season for inspirational novelists. Except for Taylor Caldwell, who tools on as timelessly as a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, hardly shifting gears from one volume to the next.

In this massive Bible story [Great Lion of God ] Miss Caldwell elaborates on the life of St. Paul somewhat in the manner of Cecil B. DeMille—fleshing out history with opulent background and manufactured dramatic incident. Sometimes the prose has a tombstone...

(The entire section is 636 words.)