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

Good Novels—new Approaches

Good Novels—new Approaches

The part of the lecture devoted to the good novel began with a diversion which deplored the effect of Hollywood as an obscurer of the good things In American culture. Lionel Trilling one of their good critics whose recent book of essays "The Liberal Imagination" and excellent novel "Middle of the Journey" are available in Wellington, has had some interesting things to say about the novel.

He has pointed out the difference between the novelists of the Age of Confidence: Galsworthy, Wells, Belloc, Chesterton and others sure of themselves and the solutions they offered. By comparison the modern novelists arc tentative, interested in technique and the approach best known in the works of Virginia Woolf. They can be criticised because they lack intellectual authority, as comparisons with such masters as Balzac show.