Rebecca West | Critical Essay by Edith H. Walton

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Rebecca West.
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Critical Essay by Edith H. Walton

Turning her agile talent to a rather difficult medium Rebecca West has produced four miniature novels, or long short stories, which are chiefly remarkable for their technical brilliance. They have a smooth high glaze, a competence of construction, reminiscent of Somerset Maugham at his slickest and most suave. Only a very good craftsman could have written "The Harsh Voice," but its brittleness and its occasional meretriciousness seem to prove that something besides craftsmanship is required.

Miss West's attitude … is curiously literary. One is perpetually aware that these tales are contrived, and contrived for a maximum dramatic effect. They do not proceed simply and naturally with the rhythm of life, but respond to expert guidance from the author, who is always stationed watchfully in the wings. Nothing is left to chance. The reader is led firmly and with...

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