On Moral Fiction

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Basic Books, 1978 - Fiction - 214 pages
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Argues that great moral fiction has open-mindedly tested human values in an attempt to discover what best promotes human fulfillment and that current fiction fails to do so and, thus, undermines our experience of literature and our faith in ourselves.

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John Gardner's On Moral Fiction is an interesting discussion of the moral dimension of both art and the art critic. His attempt to develop a philosophical theory of aesthetics, however, is limited by ... Read full review

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John Gardner has opinions and he isn’t afraid to use them. In On Moral Fiction, he launches an invective against mediocrity and immorality in literature. Unfortunately, one almost immediately faces ... Read full review

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John Gardner (1933-1982) was a bestselling novelist and one of the most popular and respected writing teachers of his generation. His books On Moral Fiction, The Art of Fiction, and On Becoming a Novelist are consulted by thousands of aspiring writers every year. His novels include the classic Grendel and the bestsellers October Light, The Sunlight Dialogues, and Nickel Mountain.

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