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Alone in America : the stories that matter

Author: Robert A Ferguson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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With more people living alone today than at any time in U.S. history, Ferguson investigates loneliness in American fiction, from its mythological beginnings in Rip Van Winkle to the postmodern terrors of 9/11. At issue is the dark side of a trumpeted American individualism. Ferguson shows that we can learn, from our literature, how to live alone.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Ferguson
ISBN: 9780674066762 : alk. paper) 0674066766 ((cloth; alk. paper) : alk. paper
OCLC Number: 792886649
Description: x, 283 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Prologue: the lords of life --
Does nobody here know Rip Van Winkle? --
Nathaniel Hawthorne dissects betrayal --
Louisa May Alcott meets Mark Twain over the young face of change --
Henry James and Zora Neale Hurston answer defeat --
Edith Wharton's anatomy of breakdown --
Midpoint: the lords of life revisited --
The immigrant novel: fear in America --
William Faulkner and Toni Morrison plot racial difference --
Saul Bellow observes old age --
Don DeLillo and Marilynne Robinson mourn loss --
Walt Whitman finds the courage to be.
Responsibility: Robert A. Ferguson.

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Ferguson presents a scholarly study of how aloneness has been treated in American fiction over several centuries. He points out that being alone is experienced in different ways, drawing distinctions Read more...

 
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