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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1963. Department of English.


Copyright 1963, the author. Used by permission.


The purpose of this paper will be to view the complexities of life as author Henry Green observed them, and through this observation will come a study of the themes which attempt to answer the questions of living and of the symbols employed to illustrate them. The search falls into three general categories, each containing three of his novels. The early novels, Blindness, Living, and Party Going, stress life as lived and pursued by the young. The second group contains Caught, Loving, and Back, the war novels. Into the final division fall Concluding, Nothing, and Doting, the later novels. Each novel has its own unit, but each is part of its own group. Each group has its own thesis, but each of the three groups contributes to the overall view of life as seen by Green, and, through him, by his characters.

Advisor: Walter F. Wright