Pritchard: Another Look at Mrs. Bridge

Submitted on Monday, 3/4/2013, at 12:18 PM

William H. Pritchard, Henry Clay Folger professor of English, recently had a piece published in the Weekly Standard, in which he takes a look at Evan S. Connell’s novel Mrs. Bridge (1959), which he termed Connell’s “one brilliant, memorable book.”

Pritchard writes, “It’s a mistake to treat Connell’s relation to his heroine as a satirical one—putting ‘the literary scalpel to the suburban skin,’ as one of his critics described it. In the first place, it would not be much of a feat to score points off so unprotected and uncertain a figure as India Bridge; in the second, closely connected place, the book is simply too rich in its inventions to be so reduced.”

Connell died in January.

 

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