Winter 1961 • Vol. XXIII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 1961 |

Angles on Saxons: An American View and a British View

I  An American View: Arthur Mizener II   A British View: Malcolm Bradbury A Mirror For Anglo-Saxons by Martin Green. Harper and Brothers, $3.50. I It is not news that since the last war nearly all the promising young writers in England have taken a queer turn. The queer turn is evident whether the young writer is a poet, like Philip Larkin with his homely inversion of the Georgian poet's feeling for place—" 'I suppose it's not the place's fault,' I said / 'Nothing, like something, happens anywhere' "; or a novelist like Kingsley Amis (who dedicated Lucky Jim to Philip Larkin), for whom British education is half racket and half antiquarianism and wholly irrelevant to his sense of life; or a dramatist like John Osborne, whose Jimmy Porter is being suffocated by Betjeman's all too well preserved England: "Wrap it up, God damn it, wrap it up!" he shouts at the Cathedral chimes. It is not news that these post-war British writers and, you soon discover, a large number of

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Literary critic, Arthur Mizener (1907-1988) was Mellon Foundation Professor of English at Cornell University from 1951 to 1975. In addition to other works, he authored the first biography of F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Far Side of Paradise (1951) along with a biography of Ford Madox Ford, The Saddest Story: A Biography of Ford Madox Ford (1971).

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