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His prose is no longer transparent, nor does he want it to be. It was the style of By Love Possessed that Dwight Macdonald attacked most vehemently. He was not wrong all of the time, for a few of the sentences he quotes are awkwardly put together or unnecessarily involved, but much that he condemns is, in context, perfectly sound, and he ignores the many bold experiments in the use of language that prove successful. On the whole, I prefer the style of Guard of Honor to that of By Love Possessed, but the latter has virtues that should not be overlooked.
46 Selected Bibliography .. "Of Youth and Age," Pacific Spectator, 5:48-62 (Winter 1951). Hicks, Granville. "The Reputation of James Gould Cozzens," College English, 11:177-83 (January 1950). Hyman, Stanley Edgar. "James Gould Cozzens and the Art of the Possible," New Mexico Quarterly, 19:476-98 (Winter 1949). "My Favorite Forgotten Book [Castaway]," Tomorrow, 7:58-59 (May 1957). Lydenberg, John. "Cozzens and the Conservatives," Critique, 1:3-9 (Winter 1958). "Cozzens and the Critics," College English, 19:99-104 (December 1957).
In By Love Possessed, on the other hand, we enter no consciousness but Arthur Winner's, and Cozzens' success in telling so complicated a story from a single point of view might have won Henry James's admiration. S. San Pedro his style was disciplined and quite adequate to the demands put upon it. In Castaway, as Stanley Edgar Hyman pointed out almost twenty years ago, Cozzens made a great advance stylistically, achieving a distinction of which his earlier work had shown little promise. To prove his point, Hyman quotes from this novel part of "a dissertation on the types of mania": "Let the man you meet be, instead, a paretic.