John Knowles | Critical Essay by Jonathan Yardley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of John Knowles.
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In 1960 A Separate Peace catapulted Knowles both to international prominence and to life as a full-time novelist. Unfortunately, with each succeeding work … Knowles has gradually been relegated to the gloomy circle of those who fail to realize their initial promise. Sad to say, A Vein of Riches will not restore him to public and critical favor.

John Knowles's latest book chronicles the fortunes of the Catherwood family of Middleburg, West Virginia from the early 1900s to the mid 1920s….

To be a work of art a novel requires an inventive use of language, a meaningful design, and a compelling vision of life. A Vein of Riches lacks all of these. Knowles's prose is generally competent, but it can easily turn embarrassing or trite. At one point, Doris Lee reflects on her husband's lovemaking: "Virgil. He had possessed her...

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