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He was not wrong all of the time, for a few of the sentences he quotes are awkwardly put together or unnecessarily involved, but much that he condemns is, in context, perfectly sound, and he ignores the many bold experiments in the use of language that prove successful. On the whole, I prefer the style of Guard of Honor to that of By Love Possessed, but the latter has virtues that should not be overlooked. " This much is surely true. Cozzens has made the traditional novel an effective medium for the expression of his vision of life.

Cozzens seems to be trying to do more and more in shorter and shorter periods of time. ") Each of the major characters in the later novels has a past as well as a present, and one is impressed by the way in which Cozzens, without much reliance on formal flashbacks, endows each man and woman with a history, at the same time that he explores the tangled relationships of both people and events. According to Frederick Bracher's The Novels of James Gould Cozzens, Cozzens, in a letter to his English publisher about Guard of Honor, said: "What I wanted to write about here, the essence of the thing to be said, the point of it all, what I felt to be the important meaning of this particular human experience, was its immensity and its immense complexity.

Nothing is mean about him; his urine is white wine; his faeces are always soft gold. However, despite his splendor and his extraordinary attainments, he cannot successfully pronounce the words: electricity, Methodist Episcopal, organization, third cavalry brigade. Avoid them. " Cozzens' writing has rarely been as imaginative as this, but there have been important developments as the years have gone 44 James Gould Cozzens by. His style in Men and Brethren, Ask Me Tomorrow, and The Just and the Unjust is unpretentious, sometimes slightly formal, always highly polished.

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