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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 14, No. 12. September 20, 1951

General To Particular

General To Particular

Once he had placed Somerset Maugham and E. M. Forster as survivals from another age, but no less remarkable for all that he used Elizabeth Bowen and Graham Greene as his two modernists who have least of the particular faults he had outlined. Both wrote with emphasis on individuality, both fulfilled the Trilling ideal by involving readers in the moral life of the world. Bowen is inclined, unlike the incomparable Jane Austen, to intrude her personality while Greene, preoccupied with the problem of evil, attracts an audience because he always tells a story, surely a virtue missing in some other modem novelists.