John Gardner | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Thomas Leclair

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of John Gardner.
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Critical Essay by Thomas Leclair

[The subjects of the debate between Lars-Goren and Brask in Freddy's Book]—art and language—are an authorial intrusion that spoils this book and points to the weaknesses of Gardner's recent work. A quite natural dialogue of hope and despair turns into an aesthetic argument between the knight of moral fiction and the bishop of empty rhetoric, a debate between communication and performance, substance and elegance, emotional response and dead perception, John Gardner and a "stylist" who might be mistaken for William Gass. The book's self-consciousness—its self-reference and its nervousness—is Gardner's fault, not Freddy's, because the same kind of defensive contentiousness mars October Light and On Moral Fiction.

Gardner wants, he has said, the old storyteller's magic—"a vivid and...

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