In the late 50′s, the establishment literati were quick to condemn the work of new wave writers and even Sillitoe received his fair share of criticism.
Here’s a corker from 1958 that attacks Saturday Night and Sunday Morning;
“Essentially the novel is a series of vignettes, like a succession of movie stills without much continuity or climax. Its faint pretence of a plot rests on little more than Arthur’s final decision to drop his wild-cattling and accept the restraints of domesticity”
Irving Howe – New Republic
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