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The Living Novel

(1946)
A collection of stories by

 
 
The critical essays of V.S. Pritchett are unparalleled for their wit, geniality, subtlety and profound good sense. His survey of writers ranges from Fielding and Smollett to Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, Nathanael West and William Golding... from Balzac to Dostoevsky and Gorky, with wonderful detours for minor figures.

Pritchett's commentaries are short and incisive and are written from the point of view of the engaged reader rather than from the specialized approach of the scholar and formal analyst of literary structure. Not since Virginia Woolf's Common Reader and Edmund Wilson's Shores of Light has there been a collection of critical writings so marked by swiftness of thoughts, lucidity of expression and balance, and sanity of judgement. The result is a revitalizing study of the novel, by a discerning and distinguished writer whose special gift is to reveal new aspects of the greater novels and the lesser.


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Hardback Editions

December 1966 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Living Novel
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 0-7011-1042-2 / 978-0-7011-1042-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Living Novel (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 1-4482-0023-7 / 978-1-4482-0023-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Living Novel
Author(s): V S Pritchett
ISBN: 1-5226-7962-6 / 978-1-5226-7962-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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May 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Living Novel
Author(s): V S Pritchett
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Living Novel (Bloomsbury Reader)
Author(s): V S Pritchett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Reader
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