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By Frederick P. W. McDowell

Caroline Gordon - American Writers fifty nine was once first released in 1966. Minnesota Archive variations makes use of electronic expertise to make long-unavailable books once more obtainable, and are released unaltered from the unique collage of Minnesota Press versions.

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The Strange Children (1951) presents through the central intelligence of the nine-year-old Lucy Lewis a view of the adult world which surrounds her as she attempts to relate herself to 33 FREDERICK P. W. MCDOWELL it. The most remarkable facet of the novel is the consistency with which Miss Gordon maintains point of view and the thoroughness with which she charts the development in Lucy of moral and religious awareness. Kevin Reardon, a visiting friend of the family, explains that she is named after Saint Lucy whose name means light: one so named should be able to experience an accession of light as Lucy in fact does.

The characters and the incidents form new configurations with the result that the significance of any one of her books enlarges constantly as one reviews it. Her purpose has been from the beginning to suggest that reality is spiritual as well as empiric, immaterial as well as material. Accordingly, she has presented the experience of her characters in time and then again as it reaches beyond time. The ineffable dimensions of her materials she suggests through a discerning use of myth; and in her later books Christianity reinforces their universal implications.

We are immediately immersed in his situation and in his evaluations of his contemporaries and his own past life. They are often perceptive, for he knows the weaknesses of the people in his set; and he can see clearly, within limits, his own acts. He has intelligence and talent in desuetude to offset his failures in sympathy, imagination, and purposiveness. The fact, too, that he can learn from experience elevates him over most of the other people in the novel who are satisfied with life in a secular and hedonistic wasteland.

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