Gardiner, Harold Charles. Norms for the Novel. Rev. ed. Garden City, NY, Hanover House, 1960. 166p. LC 60-7872.
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Gardiner was for many years the literary editor of America, and this work grew out of the controversies that surrounded his usually liberal reviews of the modern novel. The major principles for judging literary works presented in this study first appeared in "Tenets for Readers and Reviewers," a pamphlet published by America Press in 1944. Covering general principles of moral evaluation and realism, and the principles of the function of literature, this work is still a useful guide, especially for young people, to the very adult world of the modern novel.

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