Lerner, Max
October 1953
New Republic;10/19/53, Vol. 129 Issue 12, p17
The article examines the book "Rebels and Ancestors: The American Novel," by Maxwell Geismar. Maxwell Geismar belongs to the critical tradition of Edmund Wilson, which relates literature to the history of ideas. His scheduled five-volume sequence on the history of the American novel, of which this is the third moving backward in time, is shaping up as a major critical work of this generation. All the basic qualities of the whole series are in this book. The prime quality is the capacity to convey the immediacy of the reading experience. There is no filigree interlacing of biographical episodes, local color, and literary groups that one finds in Books.


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