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By Ernest J. Gaines

By means of the writer of A Lesson sooner than loss of life and The Autobiography of omit Jane Pittman, Catherine Carmier is a compelling love tale set in a deceptively bucolic Louisiana nation-state, the place blacks, Cajuns, and whites preserve an uneasy coexistence.

After residing in San Francisco for ten years, Jackson returns domestic to his benefactor, Aunt Charlotte. Surrounded by means of relations and outdated neighbors, he discovers that his bonds to them were irreparably hire through his absence. in the middle of his alienation from these round him, he falls in love with Catherine Carmier, surroundings the level for conflicts and confrontations that are advanced, tortuous, and common of their implications.

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Tn this book', announces Donald Davie in the foreword to his Thomas Hardy and British Poetry, *I have taken it for granted that works of literary art are conditioned by economic and political forces active in the society from which those works spring and to which they are directed. . com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-15 Introduction Introduction relation of literature to the social order. There is a methodology for this, and so far as I know there is only one.

The patterns of political power seem exceptionally complex, and certainly not directly reducible to the expression of economic interests: traditional family loyalties sometimes counted for more than such interests when the mineowners, railway directors and town-planners among the West Riding gentry turned to politics. Earl Fitzwilliam, ideologically a free-trader, objected to the methods of the anti-Corn Law League and was a major opponent; but it seems plausible that those members,of the gentry who had become industrialists were less apprehensive of bourgeois threats to the agrarian interest than were Southern corn-growing squires who were solely dependent on agriculture.

It is for this reason that we can trace in their very 'eccentricity' the contours of a common condition, detect in their highly specific life-style the unfolding of a general grammar. In a society where banishment from a centre seemed a general experience, the Brontes' 'eccentric' situation begins to seem curiously typical. We need, however, to be rather more precise about their ambiguous social standing. Their father, Patrick Bronte, was the son of a poor Irish peasant family who had fought their way from cabin to cottage to tenant-farm; he himself was by turns blacksmith, linen-weaver and schoolmaster, and finally blazed a trail to Cambridge and Anglican orders.

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