Originally published in 1962, this is a hardback third edition of a study that defines and evaluates the main movements in the English novel, beginning with Joyce. Karl contends that the contemporary novel, with its restrictive, self-contained fictional worlds, is no longer "modern." His analysis focuses on the novels of Graham Greene, Elizabeth Bowen, Evelyn Waugh, George Orwell, and Joyce Cary. Coverage extends to the writings of Iris Murdoch, Anthony Powell, the "Angry Young Men," Nigel Dennis, Doris Lessing, and Angus Wilson.
1. The Contemporary English Novel
2. Waiting for Beckett: Quest and Re-Quest
3. Lawrence Durrell: Physiacl and Metaphysical Love
4. The Politics of Conscience: The Novels of C. P. Snow
5. Graham Greene’s Demonical Heroes
6. The World of Elizabeth Bowen
7. Joyce Cary: The Moralist as Novelist
8. George Orwell: The White Man’s Burden
9. The World of Evelyn Waugh: The Normally Insane
10. Normality Defined: The Novels of Henry Green
11. The Intimate World of Ivy Compton-Burnett
12. The Angries: Is There a Protestant in the House?
13. The Still Comic Music of Humanity: The Novels of Anthony Powell, Angus Wilson, and Nigel Dennis
14. The Novel as Moral Allegory: The Fiction of William Golding, Iris Murdoch, Rex Warner, and P. H. Newby