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All-American boy

Author: Larzer Ziff
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2012.
Series: Discovering America series, 4.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
The all-American boy was an iconic figure in American literature for well over a century. Sometimes he was a "good boy," whose dutiful behavior was intended as a model for real boys to emulate. Other times, he was a "bad boy," whose mischievous escapades could be excused either as youthful exuberance that foreshadowed adult industriousness or as deserved attacks on undemocratic pomp and pretension. The author looks  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larzer Ziff
ISBN: 9780292738928 0292738927
OCLC Number: 783173341
Description: viii, 146 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The new nation: Young Washington, Rollo --
All-Americans: Tom Bailey, Tom Sawyer --
City life: Ragged Dick, Peck's bad boy, Little Lord Fauntleroy --
America as middle class: Adolescence, Frank Merriwell, Penrod --
Antitheses: Huckleberry Finn, Holden Caulfield.
Series Title: Discovering America series, 4.
Responsibility: Larzer Ziff.


Offering an intriguing new approach to American cultural history through one of its enduring icons, Larzer Ziff traces the rise and flourishing of an ideal type once represented by such figures as  Read more...
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"Larzer Ziff has a critical method, the one recommended by T. S. Eliot, that of being very intelligent... A sentence by Ziff is worth more than a paragraph by most other scholar-critics." Denis Read more...

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