TITLE

A FIRST FICTION

AUTHOR(S)
Schorer, Mark
PUB. DATE
May 1952
SOURCE
New Republic;5/12/52, Vol. 126 Issue 19, p19
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the book "A Length of Rope," by Monroe Engel. The novel has always had a generic habit of reaching out to the extremes of literary expression at either side of it, to history at one end, and to poetry at the other. Monroe Engel's book is only a beginning, of course, but it appears to have a number of qualities that, in a first novel, are rare indeed. One of these is the complete command of the medium, so that when one opens this book to the first page, one knows at once that one is in the presence of stylistic authority. The novel is built up on a counter-action, the growth of love versus the growth of violence, and its resolution comes when violence breaks over love in a double destruction.
ACCESSION #
14455760

 

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