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CATHOLIC NOVELS

SIR,—Grace Conway's report-of her interview with Bruce Marshall prompts me to protest against the publicity you give to a wilier whose influence I consider bad. Mr. Marshall disapproves of the " So-called Catholic novel whose spirituality is stultified by a complete refusal to depict the world, the flesh and the devil." and in Yellow Tapers for Park; he certainly has not allowed himself to be influenced by Scruples. Does. Mr. Marshall, as a novelist, consider himself to be exempt from the law which forbids scandal to the brethren?

One is not surprised to read that Ernest Hemingway and Aldous Huxley have had their influence on Bruce Marshall, for the same unsavoury smell pervades the works of all three. The novels of R. H. Benson, G. K. Chesterton and Bellew, show no traces of the " realism " that Mr. Marshall considers so necessary. As for the sneer at lea petit jaurnarix religieux, Mr. Marshall would, no doubt, consider as toner substitutes. a series of C.T.S. pamphlets written as " " as the columns of the News of the World.

We are warned by the Apostle that many manifestations of the world and the flesh must not even be named amongst us as becomath saints. It is a difficult enough task to safeguard our children against the multitude of openly anti-Christian and obscene novels published to-day. but what a state of affairs when we must also warn them against the works of so-coiled Catholic writers FRANCIS LINDSAY.

8, Pilgrim Street, York.

[The saying about " les. journaut religieux" (which hits us hard since the 'epithet " petits" Metro, appear in the original!) was made' by the saintly ANA; Haven to the Baron von Hilgel I The problem of the function of the Catholic writer, especially at fiction, to-day is difficult and timely, and we would welcome intelligent correspondence on the subject. Has Mr. Lindsay read " All Glorious Within"? -EDITOR, C. Hi




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