Spring 1964 • Vol. XXVI No. 2 Book Reviews |

Interrogations of the World

The Gates Of Horn: A Study Of Five French Realists by Harry Levin. Oxford University Press. $8.50. For some years now Homer's "Gates of Ivory" have come to be associated with the anti-rationalist, visionary inspiration of modern poetry most clearly exemplified first, perhaps, in the work of Gérard de Nerval. For Harry Levin, the five great French novelists, Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert, Zola, and Proust, accepted the challenge of "The Gates of Horn." The allegory is not merely used for its poetic impact. It illustrates a point of view that Mr. Levin has long held concerning the art of fabulation, and which he developed in his Contexts of Criticism and The Power of Blackness. Storytelling swings between two poles, a "deep immersion in myth" and "a sharp confrontation with actuality." The novels he examines in this book definitely belong to the second trend, "iconoclastic, mythoclastic, rationalistic, analytic, self-critical." Their authors are image-breakers. In this process o

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