Realism In The Twentieth Century Novel

Twentieth century novel
Modern novelist can be divided into those who continue within a broad tradition of realism and those who experiment far more with the form of novel. Writers such as john Galsworthy, Arnold Bennett, Graham Green, Iris Murdoch, Doris Lessing, Ernest Hemingway, John Updike and Saul Bellow are essentially realist. They are less interactive then the nineteenth century realists. They present a credible picture in which we are not particularly aware of the novelist presence. They deal with social, personal and moral problems and offer an entertaining as well as instructive look as how people cope with life in the twentieth century. The outstanding novelist with in this tradition is D.H Lawrence. Whose novels conform to the usual pattern of presenting character at odds with society, but Lawrence goes much further than other writers in a romantic quest for as alternative way of life. He feels that there must be a new way in which people can relate to each other. However, in his best novel, the Rainbow (1915) and women in Love (1921) Lawrence is committed to explore fresh areas of experience. He writes in an emotional style that suits his subject matter, but he never forgets that his characters are bound by all the demands of ordinary existence.
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But the most noticeable feature of many great twentieth century novels is the extraordinary degree of formal experience and innovation. This begins with the works of Joseph Conrad and Henry James. Conrad often uses a dramatized narrator, Marlowe, and sometimes disrupts the time sequence of events. James’s late novels, such as The wings of the Dove (1902) repeat the story of innocent young women coming in contact with a corrupt society; but they become more and more elaborate, with extremely long sentences where it is often impossible to trace the lines of

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