The Literature of Guilt

From Gulliver to Golding

  • Patrick Reilly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 162-178

About this book


An investigation of the roots of twentieth century pessimism as reflected in major European novels. Swift, Conrad, Thomas Mann, Orwell and Golding are linked through this analysis which is seen to stem from a violent reaction in literature against the axioms and assumptions of its predecessor.


20th century death English literature Europe George Orwell literature living novel Thomas Mann twentieth century

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick Reilly
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowScotland

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