Saturday, June 17, 2023

Quote of the Week: It's Literary Criticism, Jim, But Not As We Know It

It was stated that while the novel and the play were both pleasing intellectual exercises, the novel was inferior to the play inasmuch as it lacked the outward accidents of illusion, frequently inducing the reader to be outwitted in a shabby fashion and caused to experience a real concern for the fortunes of illusory characters. The play was consumed in wholesome fashion by large masses in places of public resort; the novel was self-administered in private. The novel, in the hands of an unscrupulous writer, could be despotic.

 - Flann O'Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds (p.21 in The Complete Novels

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