The Pistol-Shot of the Concert

Malcolm, Donald
April 1957
New Republic;4/29/57, Vol. 136 Issue 17, p19
This article focuses on the book "Politics and the Novel," by Irving Howe. With this apposite quotation, Howe sets out to discover some of the things that happen to the novel when it made to carry a burden of political thought--when the pistol, so to speak, a concert instruments. Since there are a number of major novels that may be described as politician's without doing violence to their natures Howe has, in effect, produced a critical apparatus with a wide range of application-although it is not the sort of apparatus one would be inclined to trust in hands less skillful than his own.


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