The Ebony Tower Summary

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  • 13 Literature Criticisms
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290 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by Constance B. Hieatt [Fowles's] collection entitled The Ebony Tower takes [Marie de France's] Anglo-Norman lay of Eliduc as its focal point, or so the author states in h... Read more
8,304 words, approx. 28 pages
In the following excerpt, Barnum analyzes the predominant themes and imagery of the works collected in The Ebony Tower. John Fowles's fourth work of fiction, The Ebony Tower, continues the them... Read more
952 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following assessment of The Ebony Tower, Lehmann-Haupt focuses on connections between the novella and stories in the collection, concluding that the work as a whole is "a thoroughly plea... Read more
5,053 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Holmes compares and contrasts similarities and differences among the three stories, asserting that the stylistic devices, thematic development, and narrative mode of "Th... Read more
5,821 words, approx. 20 pages
In the following excerpt, Foster provides a thematic analysis of the collection The Ebony Tower. The novella The Ebony Tower will be quite familiar in structure and substance to readers of The Magus. ... Read more
4,353 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following essay, Bevis explicates the function and purpose of Fowles's allusions to the Greek myth of Artemis and Actaeon in The Ebony Tower. The Ebony Tower (1974) has not exactly bowle... Read more
1,830 words, approx. 7 pages
Below, Kapp offers a mixed appraisal of The Ebony Tower. Though readers will never cease to long for great storytellers, the only ones around in America today—with the possible exceptions of Eu... Read more
7,162 words, approx. 24 pages
In the essay below, Wilson argues that a "Grail Quest theme" links the stories of The Ebony Tower, citing literary precedents and structural and technical similarities to The Magus. In t... Read more
4,341 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following essay, Sollisch relates the principal themes of The Ebony Tower to Fowles's version of humanity's Fall: "not from innocence to knowledge but from knowledge to mys... Read more
6,574 words, approx. 22 pages
In the essay below, Salys explains the allusions to medieval fiction and painting in The Ebony Tower, making connections between the modern and medieval contexts of the novella. Allusions to medieval ... Read more
5,760 words, approx. 20 pages
Below, Alderman shows how a fundamental convention of the short story genre informs the themes and structure of The Ebony Tower. The stories collected in John Fowles's The Ebony Tower constitut... Read more
5,706 words, approx. 20 pages
In the following essay, McDaniel traces the character development of the protagonists of The Ebony Tower in terms of a paralysis-action dichotomy that she identifies as a major feature of Fowles... Read more
8,658 words, approx. 29 pages
In the essay below, Barnum offers a comprehensive overview of Fowles 's The Ebony Tower, noting similarities between the stories, particularly the recurring theme of missed opportunities, as we... Read more