The novels of John Cowper Powys
Hewitt, Christian Blancard
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Powys's criteria for what constitutes a good novel -- intense reality in characters and background, and intense interest in what happens next -- are the basis for this analysis and evaluation. Admittedly vague, the criteria had to be clarified, explored and related to other aspects of the novel. If some measure of a novelist's greatness lies in his vision of humanity, in the number and variety of people who inhabit his world, the sympathy and understanding with which he views them and the range of incidents they move in, Powys must be rated high. The scope of Powys's portrayals, deep and wide, includes all social levels, the young, old, simple, complex. To find a comparable gallery of women one must turn to the great masters of feminine portraiture. Many characters, both men and women, inhabit the loftier regions of the imagination. Without losing the unique humor of each living person he imparts a sense of the motley assemblage of humanity in general [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University.