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

Bad Novels Have Uses

Bad Novels Have Uses

There were, of course, good and bad novels and these latter have their uses. They tell us a good deal about the popular mind and demonstrate the, tiresome interest in sexual activity which is a reaction against Victorian prudery. This reaction is similar to that of the Restoration Drama after Cromwell's puritans. In the bad novel our regrettable interest in physical cruelty and violence is also clear.