Bill Hopkins: The Divine and the Decay

(4209 words)

The Divine and the Decay (1957), reissued as The Leap (1984), was the first and only published novel by Bill Hopkins (1928-2011). It occupies a curious place in British literary and cultural history because its reception was embroiled in the brouhaha (partly fomented by Hopkins) around Colin Wilson (b. 1931), whose reputation was rapidly disintegrating after the initial success of The Outsider (1956). This reception will be discussed later; this entry focuses first on the novel itself.

Divine is a standard-length novel for the time (234 pp.), divided into twelve numbered but untitled chapters. In terms of genre, it is a hybrid, mixing elements of realism, gothic, fantasy, political thriller, …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Tredell, Nicolas. "The Divine and the Decay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 June 2013
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Angry Young Men