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The Achievement of Gerald Warner Brace


William Connor

During a forty-year career that began in the mid-1930s, Gerald Warner Brace wrote short stories, an autobiography, award-winning essays, and eleven distinguished novels. While Brace's approach to fiction was essentially realistic, he experimented with narrative perspectives and sub-genres and was one of the most versatile writers of his time. In addition to being a master craftsman, Brace was an estimable thinker. His books offer unique insight into the intellectual trends and moral conflicts that troubled thoughtful Americans in the middle decades of this century. Forgetting Brace's achievement would be a serious loss to American literature.