The Condition of the Writer: Rites of Passage and The Paper Men

Part of the Macmillan Modern Novelists book series (MONO)


Despite its devastating implications as commentary about the current condition of England, Darkness Visible, like all Golding's fiction, is visionary rather than analytical and describes an interior state of mind and emotion. As Golding had said in 1970, when explaining why he thought writers of fiction did not write about what they knew or were sure of: ‘Writing is not reportage, but imagination.’44 Golding's fiction has always been that of the self-enclosed ‘imagination’. With increasing experience as a writer, however, in the fiction that follows Darkness Visible, Rites of Passage only one year later in 1980 and then The Paper Men in 1984, the ‘imagination’ becomes implicitly and then explicitly that of the writer. The ‘imagination’ is literary and consciously self-creative rather than the imagination of the thoughtful iconoclast or the seer.


Relative Clause Religious Experience Literary Form Blue Stone Interior State 
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