Quotation by V.S. Pritchett

The detective novel is the art-for-art's-sake of our yawning Philistinism, the classic example of a specialized form of art removed from contact with the life it pretends to build on.
V.S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett (b. 1900), British author, critic. New Statesman (London, June 16, 1951). "The Roots of Detection," Books in General (1953).
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