Sensibility and form

  • Suguna Ramanathan


The reaction of C.P. Snow against modernism in general and the aesthetic novel in particular has become part of literary history. It is now pretty generally agreed that Snow is a contemporary1 who regards himself as part of a continuing tradition, who unreservedly hailed the scientific and technological revolution, initially at any rate, and was preoccupied as much with the world of man’s social, political and public interests as with the examination of his inner life. Such was the critics’ assessment of Snow in the sixties and they were, of course, right in the main. But viewed today, in the shadowed light of the later novels, he appears as a writer who, besides carrying on within the old tradition of the realistic novel, was groping, fumbling towards the expression of a peculiar, individual, extra-literary sensibility.


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