In this imaginative and provocative book, Purdy draws upon the work of a such writers as Kurt Vonnegut, Vladimir Nabokov, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Günter Grass, Samuel Becket, and Eugene Ionesco to suggest ways in which novelists explore the unknown. His ingenious consideration of Henry James in conjunction with these novelists, as well as with science fiction and detective fiction writers and with mid-century scientific discoveries and advances—black holes, hydrogen bombs, space travel—offers rich, new insights into JamesÆs work and into the twentieth-century view of humanityÆs place in the world.
Always stimulating and fresh.
Highly creative and useful. . . . Well thought out and well written. The thesis is intriguing and the examples apt and illuminating. One can learn a lot about science, about literature, and about the bond between them.