The Nation: Expatriate in the Abbey

How perfectly ironic that this writer, having emigrated from America to England as a young man and spent his last 40 years there as an expatriate, should have had to wait so long for an honor accorded to so many who came long after him (W.H. Auden and T.S.Eliot, to name but two), largely because his popularity had declined before he had, a circumstance that occurred mainly as a result of his later novels, featuring what one critic described as "this very complex style . . . really quite tough going, with...

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