Dr. Atma Ram, a critic of repute, presents insightful observations and critical opinions on quite a few important authors. It contains seventeen fresh and perceptive articles, three interview texts, and a small piece on how children suffer in life and literature. First, Tesss moral perspective is studied from a new angle of adjustment of images. In the next four essays the author deals with Jane Austen, E.M. Forster and Shakespeare. Then the author concentrate on structural unity in The Old Man and the Sea. Thereafter the discusses a few works by Indian writers. They include Sri Aurobindo, Toru Dutt, V.S. Naipaul, Mulk Raj Anand, Bhattacharya, Anita Deasi, Shiv K. Kumar and some authors from Himachal Pradesh. The book makes a significant contribution to critical scholarship in the area. Various literary issues have been dwelt upon in a style which is at once simple, straight and persuasive. Some of the articles are highly analytical and evaluative, while others are illustrative and general in nature. But all are gripping in appeal. Exclusive interviews with three writers Anita Desai, Kulwant Singh Gill, and Narenderpal Singh clearly reveal their view on their art and craft. All this helps clarify numerous aspects in literature, and in the process amply makes for several new and novel perspectives. The volume is dedicated to Mulk Raj Anand, the doyen of Indians writing in English.
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