Thomas B(ertram) Costain Theodore Maynard - Essay

Theodore Maynard

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Mr. Costain comes to the point in his first sentence: "There is no need for another history of England unless it can be given popular appeal." The best-selling novelist openly declares for the same sort of thing in his new field as that which proved such a success in the old, and there can be little doubt that he will obtain it.

Nevertheless I have my reservations with regard to his performance, as I have also with regard to his novels, in whose dexterity I admit, as in the case of this initial excursion into history, I can find a good deal to praise. ["The Conquerors"] is orderly and has a fund of information of the kind that does not usually appear in works of this category. Color and vivacity are...

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