Reviews, Critical Essays and Analyses of Paul Scott's Writings

Jacqueline Banerjee, Ph.D

[Adapted and updated with permission from the publishers, from Paul Scott, Writers and Their Work series (Plymouth: Northcote House/ British Council, 1999), by Jacqueline Banerjee, Ph.D.]

Badiger, V.R, Paul Scott: His Art and Vision (New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 1999).

Banerjee, Jacqueline, 'A Living Legacy: An Indian View of Paul Scott's India', London Magazine, 20 (April/May 1980), 97-104.

Beloff, Max, 'The End of the Raj: Paul Scott's Novels as History', Encounter, 272 (May 1976), 65-70.

Boyer, Allen, 'Love, Sex, and History in The Raj Quartet', Modern Language Quarterly, 46 (March 1985), 64-80. Argues that Scott uses Merrick's homosexuality to show the causes of the failure of the imperial relationship.

Brandt, George W., 'The Jewel in the Crown (Paul Scott - Ken Taylor). The Literary Serial; or The Art of Adaptation', in Brandt (ed.), British Television Drama in the 1980s (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993), 196-213.

Childs, Peter. Paul Scott's Raj Quartet: History and Division. Victoria, BC: Univ. of Victoria, 1998.

Crane, Ralph J., Inventing India: A History of India in English-Language Fiction (London: Macmillan, 1992). Useful sections on The Raj Quartet and Staying On.

Degi, Bruce J., 'Paul Scott's Indian National Army: The Mark of the Warrior and The Raj Quartet', CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, 18 (Fall 1988), 41-54.

Gorra, Michael, After Empire: Scott, Naipaul, Rushdie (Chicago Univ. Press, 1997).

Hannah, Donald, '"Dirty Typescripts and Very Dirty Typescripts": Paul Scott's Working Methods in The Raj Quartet, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 27: 1 (1992), 149-70. Draws usefully on unpublished manuscripts to bring out the interrelations of the elements in the Quartet, and the experience of 're-enactment' shared by author, characters and reader (166).

Hubel, Teresa, Whose India? The Independence Struggle in British and Indian Fiction and History (Leicester Univ. Press, 1996).

Johnson, Richard M., '"Sayed's Trial" in Paul Scott's A Division of the Spoils: The Interplay of History, Theme, and Purpose', Library Chronicle of the Univ. of

Texas, 38 (1986), 76-91. Claims this episode rings false on the personal level, but praises Scott's handling of the historical issues.

Mahood, Mollie M., 'Paul Scott's Guardians', The Yearbook of English Studies, 13 (1983), 244-58. Emphasizes Scott's 'positive values' (246); especially good on the female characters of the Quartet

Mann, Harveen Sachdeva, rev. of Spurling, Modern Fiction Studies, 37 (Winter 1991), 794-6.

Mellors, John, 'Raj Mahal: Paul Scott's India Quartet'. London Magazine, 15 (June/July 1975), 62-7.

Moore, Robin, Paul Scott's Raj (Heinemann, 1990). Useful and sympathetic approach from a well-informed historical perspective. Makes full use of unpublished materials.

Muggeridge, Malcolm, rev. of Staying On, New York Times Book Review, 21 Aug. 1977, 1, 36.

Parry, Benita, 'Paul Scott's Raj', South Asian Review, 8 (July-Oct. 1975), 359-69. Notes weak points, such as ambiguities in Scott's attitudes, and over-lengthy explanations.

Rao, K. Bhaskara, Paul Scott (Boston: Twayne, 1980). Minor errors (especially in plot summaries), but very useful basic information about the Indian background.

Rubin, David, After the Raj: British Novels of India since 1947 (Hanover: Univ. Press of New England, 1986). Separate chapter on Scott.

Rushdie, Salman, 'Outside the Whale', American Film, 10 (Jan. 1985), 16, 70, 72-3. Vituperative general comments; largely concerned with screen versions of the Raj.

Scanlan, Margaret, 'The Disappearance of History: Paul Scott's Raj Quartet', CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History, 15 (Winter 1986), 153-69. Emphasizes Scott's pessimism.

Spurling, Hilary, Paul Scott: A Life (Pimlico, 1991). The only biography, and likely to remain so. Indispensable.

Swinden, Patrick, Paul Scott, Writers and Their Work Series (Windsor: Profile, 1982). Still a useful introductory essay.

____. Paul Scott: Images of India (Macmillan, 1980). Thoughtful and very readable enquiry into 'the position of India as a country and an idea in [Scott's] mind' (4).

Tedesco, Janis, 'Staying On: The Final Connection', Western Humanities Review, 39: 3 (Autumn 1985), 195-211. Good on links and parallels with the Quartet.

____. and Janet Popham, An Introduction to the Raj Quartet (Lanham, Maryland: Univ. Press of America, 1985). Helpful for tracing particular motifs or inter-relations through the novels. Works entirely within the text (no critical debate, no bibliography).

Tedesco Haswell, Janis, Paul Scott's Philosophy of Place(s): The Fiction of Rationality (New York: Peter Lang, 2002).

Verma, Anil Kumar, Paul Scott: A Critical Study of His Novels (New Delhi: South Asian Books,).

Weinbaum, Francine S., Paul Scott: A Critical Study (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 1992). The most detailed critical study, with an emphasis on Scott's fragmented personality and desire for unity.

Williamson, Karina, rev. of Paul Scott (Rao) and Paul Scott: Images of India (Swinden), Notes and Queries, 30:3 (June 1983), 267-8.

Zorn, Jean G., 'Talk with Paul Scott', New York Times Book Review, 21 Aug. 1977, 37.

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