British Writers, Supplement IV by George Stade

By George Stade

This number of severe essays covers 286 writers who've made major contributions to British, Irish, and Commonwealth literature from the 14th century to the current day. The individuals examine many person works and interact the reader with their specific topics and stylistic. Introductory essays and chronological tables open every one quantity and supply ancient historical past.

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The Englishman Graham is a devotee of detective stories and one of the top ballistics engineers in the world, but the lessons he learns from his journey into fear come from the pages of Darwin, Jung, James Frazer, and Spengler. Like his predecessor Latimer, Graham comes to find that the deductive processes of the detective and the mathematician are based on systems of harmony and order, nowhere to be found in the grim, grimy game of international espionage and the instinctual drive of self-preservation.

Writing during the "phony war" of late 1939 and early 1940, Ambler seems to indicate that it is the German nation that has learned the principal Nietzschean lesson of history: might makes right, especially in a He needed, and badly, a motive, a neat method of committing a murder and an entertaining crew of suspects. Yes, the suspects must certainly be entertaining. His last book had been a trifle heavy. He must inject a little more humour into this one. As for the motive, money was always, of course, the soundest basis.

The resultant tableau is one of harmony and equilibrium. By gaining his freedom, Carey has the last laugh of the novel, and he shares it with all the other freedom fighters in the Schirmer inheritance. Only princes and other fools indulge in the fatuous fantasy of exterminating the Other. The gift of laughter is the Schirmer inheritance. FACING EAST THE long encounter with the East—both Near and Far—is the taproot that gives depth and sustenance to the next brace of books by Ambler.

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