The poor fictionist
frequently finds himself to have been wrong in his description of things in general ...
Moreover, say these alarmists, historians don't bother to confute the fictionists
and most reviews let them get away with it.
Although some of the 164 entries on the 257 pages of CGCAAF are more intellectually satisfying than others, especially those on unknown or little known post-civil rights or "Post-Soul" generation fictionists
such as Lolita Files, Alexs D.
Such unease in Southern fictionists
of the next generation at being compared with Faulkner seems to exemplify what Harold Bloom defined as "the anxiety of influence." Bloom was Warren's colleague at Yale, and the critic was pleased when the poet recognized, by way of the book's critical formulations, the influence of the precursory figure of T.
, in situ or otherwise, have written on this area so relentlessly, compactly, and with such determined balance as McCabe.
If informative, this approach gives inadequate weight to how Greene's creative imagination molded his models and to the thematic implications he derived from his experiences; only Sherry's extracts from the writings indicate why Greene was one of the last century's foremost fictionists
. Sherry's dearth of analytical rigor also mars his efforts to clarify Greene's stances on contentious topics.
The editors point out that current fictionists
such as Allegra Goodman, Allen Hoffman, and Daphne Merkin embrace Jewish culture and enthusiastically engage in dialogues with its history and orthodoxy.
Cook-Lynn, however, claims North American origins for fiction: "there were always fictionists
among the Sioux, those persons who invented new tales and new characters out of the fabric of individual imagination and tribal experience" (50).
Rhymers kicking sordid tales from the drug wars were no longer journalists or fictionists
, ironists or moralists.
Scottish Women's Fiction seems an odd title for a book that includes an essay on Rebecca West, and the sense that its editors had difficulty finding a sufficient number of female fictionists
worthy of attention is confirmed by the fact that three authors (Nan Shepherd, Willa Muir, and Jessie Kesson) have two essays each devoted to them.
I do, however, respect many of his insights, and I most certainly agree with him that Hemingway, among the fictionists
, most particularly reflected the failed quest of his age--to paraphrase Berman's paraphrase of Whitehead--to understand, justify, or accept the existence of pain and suffering in an allegedly orderly universe.