Books: Himself Surprised

JOYCE GARY by Malcolm Foster. 555 pages. Houghfon Mifflin. $10.

Joyce Gary saw the novel as Truth, and his prodigious labors in fiction were called forth by a lonely conviction of its high importance. He subscribed to Cardinal Newman's celebrated notion that what the autobiography does for the life of a particular man, the novel must do for mankind. Gary needed every certitude of dedication to sustain a creative career that began late and even so, suffered from early neglect. When he published his first novel in 1932 (at the age of 43), he...

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