Bill Hopkins: The Divine and the Decay (4209 words)


Other Resources

Related Groups

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, …

Citation: Tredell, Nicolas. "The Divine and the Decay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 June 2013 [, accessed 24 October 2021.]

35018 The Divine and the Decay 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here