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The Self in Modern Literature


reviewed by Paul Carter 1965

coverTitle: The Self in Modern Literature
Author(s): C. I. Glicksberg
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: , Pages: , Year:
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Are you confused by Camus, bugged by Beckett, and annoyed by lonesco? If you are and yet want to know what these writers are trying to say, then let Professor Charles Glicksberg, of Brooklyn College, tell you. His book is not only a broad survey of contemporary fiction and drama, but it is written in a clear, uncomplicated prose which is refreshingly free of the technical jargon of most modern criticism. The professor's objective is to inform, if not convince, and he has effectively achieved his objective. Much of twentieth-century literature, he contends, reflects a significant shift in sensibility as expressed in the delineation of the self: The modern writer is faced with the baffling problem of picturing a self that seems to have lost its reality. Dwelling in a universe that seems to be alien and hostile, man today retreats within the fastness of the self, only to discover that he... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 4, 1965, p. 379-379
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2524, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 4:13:08 AM

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