Nowadays little more than a name, L.H. Myers (1881–1944) is remembered chiefly for a dictum about ‘the deep-seated spiritual vulgarity that lies at the heart ofour civilization’. Yet he was a serious novelist ofthe inter-war years, uniquely acclaimed by highbrow criticism and the general public alike: his major work, the trilogy The Root and the Flower (1929–35), won two well-known literary awards and, by 1943, had effectively gone through four editions, one of them for the Book Society. I once mentioned my interest in Myers, apologizing for its obscurity, to a lady who was at Oxford in his heyday. ‘Myers?’ she replied to my surprise, ‘Oh, yes! Everyone was reading him in the Thirties.’
KeywordsMoral Intensity Transcendental Dimension Moral Conscience Dangerous World Nice People
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