This study analyzes the musical aesthetic that profoundly influenced modern novelists. Initial chapters trace its origins in romanticism and its culmination in Mallarme, Pater, and Nietzsche, while later chapters analyze the self-avowed efforts of Proust, Mann, and Joyce to "musicalize" fiction.
Daniel Melnick has written – in addition to The Ash Tree: An earlier novel about the community of émigré musicians who fled Europe in the late 1930s and raised their families in Los Angeles, Hungry Generations. A study of music and modern literature, Fullness of Dissonance. A novella about Israel during the Iraq war, with stories, Terror and Contrition. He was born in California, attended UC Berkeley, and has taught at UC Berkeley, California State University at Fresno, Cleveland State University where he retired in 2000 as an Emeritus Professor of English, and Case Western Reserve University. He is married to the artist Jeanette Melnick, whose painting is on the cover of The Ash Tree.
I love how modern music by composers such as Schoenberg are compared to modern fiction in this book. The allusion to dissonance throughout the works of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche gave me a good look at the assertion my uncle Daniel Melnick was putting forth. I would read it again!