The Great Tradition : George Eliot; Henry James; Joseph Conrad
The criticism of F.R. Leavis has always been notable for its uncompromising association of literature and morality. That association in large part explains his reasons for placing five novelists - five only - within the great tradition of English fiction - Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and D.H. Lawrence. Here, after an introductory essay on "the great tradition" as a whole, he deals with Eliot, James and Conrad, and in an appendix, with "Hard Times", which he considers the one work of Dickens's that has the strength of "a completely serious work of art".
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 128 x 198 x 14mm | 216g
- 30 Sep 1993
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Part 1 The great tradition. Part 2 George Eliot: the early phase; "Romola" to "Middlemarch"; "Daniel Deronda" and "The Portrait of a Lady". Part 3 Henry James: to "The Portrait of a Lady"; the later James. Part 4 Joseph Conrad: minor works and "Nostromo"; "Victory", "The Secret Agent", "Under Western Eyes" and "Chance". Part 5 "Hard Times": an analytic note.