It comes as a great shock around the age of five, six or seven to discover
that the flag to which you have pledged
yourallegiance, along with everybodyelse, has not pledged its
allegiance to you. It comes as a shock to see Gary Cooper
killing off the Indians and, although you are rooting for
Gary Cooper, that the Indians are you. James Arthur Baldwin Speech at Cambridge Union,17 Feb, arguing for the
motion that 'The American
Dream is at the expense of the American Negro'.
The modern novel has been many things, and functioned at many
levels. It would keep D.H. Lawrence poor, and make
Jilly Cooper and Jeffrey Archer rich. Malcolm Stanley Bradbury The Modern British Novel, preface.