Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Thomas Patrick Whelan


This thesis has been worked out so that I shall have some criteria for judging novels. I have ventured to write about modern novelists about whom critics are not agreed; my interest is not so much in that they said of certain authors as it is in determining why they accept some and reject others, and what they use as their basis of judging.

The technique of the novel, and its approach to great art was developed in order to gain a feeling for the novel apart from any country or section.

If undue emphasis has been placed upon the Christian standard of largeness of hope, and sense of tho ultimate well being of humanity that one has after reading even the most tragedical of Shakespeare's plays, so that the novels of Hardy seem to have an uncertain foundation, it is because I can not judge the worth of any great thing except in relation to the ultimate destiny of man.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of Marquette University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy.