Old Friends to Keep:
Studies of English Novels and Novelists
Old Books to Read
Old Wine to Drink
Old Friends to Keep.
Lawrence and Wishart Ltd
TO SHEILA LYND
|who was very sympathetic and flattering to an old man, and showed real, practical consideration for these, his children.|
Readers of the Daily Worker will recognise that, apart from the introductory essay on The Approach to Literature, all the studies included herein appeared originally in its feature pages. They have all been revised and expanded, in some cases considerably; and it is hoped that they will in this more permanent form be as welcome as—and more useful than—when they originally appeared.
This collection comprises only studies of English writers, and primarily the “classic” novelists. A few remarks about Shakespeare and Bacon are thrown in at the end just to keep the pot boiling, and I hope that a further volume (or volumes) covering continental novelists and English writers other than novelists will one day follow.
Readers should note that all the works mentioned in these essays should be obtainable through any public library if not, then have it out with the librarian. And most of them can be bought in cheap editions from any reputable bookseller.
It is not claimed for these studies that they do more than serve as an appetising approach to a subject that has no assignable limits. The reasons for choosing this subject are set out in the introductory essay and also in the concluding one.
Those to whom the author’s name is known will not need to be told that what is here attempted is a Marxist approach. Those to whom it is not known will be able to find out from these studies what this means.
T. A. JACKSON.
|1. The Approach to Literature [sections 5-7]||9|
|2. Robinson Crusoe||27|
|4. The Tinker of Bedford [Bunyans The Pilgrims Progress]||35|
|5. Pamela and Tom Jones||39|
|6. Tristram Shandy||44|
|7. Ships Surgeon Smollett||48|
8. The Incomparable Jane [Austen]
|9. Scott [Sir Walter Scott]||56|
|10. Thomas Love Peacock||61|
|12. The Realist Romantics [Charles Reade & Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell]||70|
|13. High Jinks [Frederick Marryat]||74|
|14. Thackeray and Vanity Fair||79|
|15. George Eliot||84|
|16. The Three Sisters Brontë||88|
|17. Anthony Trollope||94|
|18. Thomas Hardy||98|
|19. The Egoist in Them All [George Meredith]||102|
|20. The Man Who Hated Sherlock Holmes [Arthur Conan Doyle]||106|
|21. Shakespeare and Snobbery [Shakespeare vs Francis Bacon]||111|
|22. Why The Novel?||116|
SOURCE: Jackson, T. A. (Thomas Alfred). Old Friends to Keep: Studies of English Novels and Novelists. London: Lawrence and Wishart Ltd, 1950. 119 pp.
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