One of the most interesting unwritten books of our time was promised, or at least adumbrated, in the second sentence of F. R. Leavis’s The Great Tradition. 1 I suppose some of us can still recall the frisson of astonishment with which, more than a quarter of a century ago, we read the opening sentence of that book — a sentence reminiscent in its resonant, uncompromising simplicity of the opening of Genesis:
The great English novelists are Jane Austen, George Eliot, Henry James and Joseph Conrad …
KeywordsMoral Intensity Corroborative Evidence Great Tradition Late Fifty Secret Agent
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