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Louis Bromfield: Criticism and Reviews

"Louis Bromfield and the Inexhaustible Mine" by Leonard Wickenden; an article from Organic Gardening Magazine, Vol. 14, No. 4, April, 1949.

Additional criticism and review of Louis Bromfield's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

"Louis Bromfield: An Overview."
Critic: David D. Anderson.
Reference Guide to American Literature, 3rd ed., edited by Jim Kamp, St. James Press, 1994.

"…he deserves a better literary fate than he has received: his effective style, his character portrayal, and his narrative technique are consistently strong, and his interpretations of American life are effective and intelligent…."

The Green Bay Tree
Critic: Stark Young.
The New Republic, October 19, 1927, pp. 236-37.

"The chief and best thing to be said about Mr. Louis Bromfield's earlier novel, The Green Bay Tree is that it is carried through very much con amore. It essays, and with genuine gusto, great themes…"

"Here is a Novelist Who Will Please You."
Critic: Stuart P. Sherman.
New York Herald Tribune Books, October 11, 1925, pp. 1-3.

In this essay, "Sherman discusses the aim and scope of Bromfield's 'panel novels,' and compares the author's works with those of several other writers of the day."

"A Man Who Doesn't Kill Woodchucks."
Critic: Hal Borland
The New York Times Book Review November 20, 1955, p. 47. Reviewing Animals and Other People.

"There's something about life close to the land that makes a wise man aware not only of his own transience but of his tenantship rather than ownership of his acres."

Critic: Clifton Fadiman
The Nation Vol. CXXXV. No. 3497 July 13, 1932, pp. 40-1

In this essay, Fadiman "provides an early indication of the current critical assessment that Bromfield's best novels are those preceding A Modern Hero."

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