Review of The Eye in the Mandala: Patrick White: A Vision of Man and God by Peter Beatson and Patrick White: Voss by William Walsh
These new studies of Patrick White illustrate remarkably well the respective virtues of two contrasting critical approaches to literature. Professor Walsh, a past master of the Cambridge technique of close criticism, succeeds in giving a surprisingly comprehensive picture of White's vision and technique through his sensitive analysis of a single novel, Voss. Dr Beatson, on the other hand, offers a synoptic account of White's world-view, yet never loses sight of the shape and texture of the individual novels. Both books are notable additions to the growing body of White criticism.
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Cite as: Colmer, John. ‘Review of The Eye in the Mandala: Patrick White: A Vision of Man and God by Peter Beatson and Patrick White: Voss by William Walsh.’ Australian Literary Studies, vol. 8, no. 3, 1978, doi: 10.20314/als.f06bd3bc16.