On Moral Fiction (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Apr 2, 2013 - Literary Criticism - 234 pages
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John Gardner’s acclaimed search for the lost morality in art and literature Novelist John Gardner’s thesis in On Moral Fiction is simple: “True art is by its nature moral.” It is also an audacious statement, as Gardner asserts an inherent value in life and in art. Since the book’s first publication, the passion behind Gardner’s assertion has both provoked and inspired readers. In examining the work of his peers, Gardner analyzes what has gone wrong, in his view, in modern art and literature, and how shortcomings in artistic criticism have contributed to the problem. He develops his argument by showing how artists and critics can reintroduce morality and substance to their work to improve society and cultivate our morality. On Moral Fiction is an essential read in which Gardner presents his thoughtfully developed criteria for the elements he believes are essential to art and its creation. This ebook features an illustrated biography of John Gardner, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Gardner family and the University of Rochester Archives.  

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User Review  - SW Gordon - Goodreads

This book should have been entitled, "Thor's Hammer: The Quest for Literary Perfection." The word "moral" carries too much baggage to convey what Gardner meant for it to mean in regards to Art ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stacy Nyikos - Goodreads

Gardner's goal in this book is twofold: explain what moral art is and remonstrate modern day artists for not digging deeper and creating art, rather than hollow, here-today-gone-tomorrow works that do ... Read full review


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John Gardner (1933–1982) was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism, such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson.  

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