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The Vanishing Hero, Studies in Novelists of the Twenties, by Sean O'Faolain. First edition, literary criticism, Waugh, Greene, Woolf, Joyce.

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: cloth, dust jacket, vintage paper, ink
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The Vanishing Hero, Studies in Novelists of the Twenties by Sean O'Faolain
Eyre and Spottiswoode, London
1956
First edition.

Green cloth bound book with gilt detail and pictorial cover.
In this book the well-known Irish novelist and critic re-examines a group of English and American novelists who came to their majority in the Twenties - 1956 Aldous Huxley, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Bowen and Virginia Woolf.
'As I re-read these novelists,' he says in his introduction, 'a theme began to force itself. The one constant in them all is the virtual disappearance of that focal character of the classical novel, the conceptual Hero.' From a book with this theme James Joyce, although somewhat earlier in period, could not be excluded.
Many of O'Faolain's judgments will be found unusual or controversial. He accuses Huxley of sentimentality, and reproaches Graham Greene for rigging his stories to make a philosophical, political or religious point. He calls William Faulkner a genius without talent, Hemingway a man without memories, and Virginia Woolf a Narcissist.
The dust jacket bears portraits of the artists featured within.
Original owner's inscription to flyleaf.
The dust jacket and book are both in very good condition.
Express shipping available, please contact me for details.
The Vanishing Hero, Studies in Novelists of the Twenties by Sean O'Faolain
Eyre and Spottiswoode, London
1956
First edition.

Green cloth bound book with gilt detail and pictorial cover.
In this book the well-known Irish novelist and critic re-examines a group of English and American novelists who came to their majority in the Twenties - 1956 Aldous Huxley, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Bowen and Virginia Woolf.
'As I re-read these novelists,' he says in his introduction, 'a theme began to force itself. The one constant in them all is the virtual disappearance of that focal character of the classical novel, the conceptual Hero.' From a book with this theme James Joyce, although somewhat earlier in period, could not be excluded.
Many of O'Faolain's judgments will be found unusual or controversial. He accuses Huxley of sentimentality, and reproaches Graham Greene for rigging his stories to make a philosophical, political or religious point. He calls William Faulkner a genius without talent, Hemingway a man without memories, and Virginia Woolf a Narcissist.
The dust jacket bears portraits of the artists featured within.
Original owner's inscription to flyleaf.
The dust jacket and book are both in very good condition.

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