Summer 1948 • Vol. X No. 3 Book Reviews |

The Fate of the Novel

The Mote and the Beam by Percy Winner. Harcourt Brace. $3.00. A Flask for the Journey by F. L. Green. Reynal & Hitchcock. $3.00. Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote. Random House. $2.75. The City and the Pillar by Gore Vidal. Dutton. $3.50. Raintree Country by Ross Lockridge. Houghton Mifflin. $3.95. The Circus in the Attic by Robert Penn Warren. Harcourt Brace. $3.00. The Middle of the Journey by Lionel Trilling. Viking. $3.00. The Victim by Saul Bellow. Vanguard. $2.75.   A handful of books from any season must confirm first of all what one has always known: the novel has a history, but it is not sure that it has a fate; or to say it more immediately, its exigencies are economic and social rather than formal. There is an air of distraught improvisation about the novel as it oscillates uncertainly between the Epic and the Document, between Romance and Reporting. Long ago (that is to say, in the 19th Century) the feeble effort to disti

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Leslie A. Fiedler (1917-2003) was an influential American literary critic. Well known for Love and Death in the American Novel (1960), Fiedler penned many other works and was also a teacher. He was heavily interested in mythology and advocated genre fiction.

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