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American fictions

Author: Elizabeth Hardwick
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Modern Library pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"A tour of a century of American writers, from the novels of Melville, Wharton and James to the fictions of Margaret Fuller, Sylvia Plath and Norman Mailer. Twenty-five years ago, Elizabeth Hardwick's now classic essay "Seduction and Betrayal" helped pioneer the study of women in fiction, both as writers and as characters. American Fictions gathers for the first time Hardwick's portraits of America's greatest  Read more...
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Named Person: Herman Melville; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Theodore Dreiser; Edith Wharton; Gertrude Stein; Djuna Barnes; Henry James; Norman Mailer; Mary McCarthy; Edmund Wilson; Truman Capote; Elizabeth Bishop; Katherine Anne Porter; Richard Ford; Philip Roth; Joan Didion; John Updike; John Cheever; Edgar Lee Masters; Carl Sandburg; Vachel Lindsay; Sherwood Anderson; Edna St Vincent Millay; Hart Crane; F Scott Fitzgerald; Sylvia Plath; Eugene O'Neill; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Hardwick
ISBN: 0375754822 9780375754821
OCLC Number: 41310960
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 352 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Bartleby in Manhattan --
Mrs. Wharton in New York --
Henry James: on Washington Square --
Genius of Margaret Fuller --
Bunch of reds: John Reed --
Gertrude Stein --
Fate of the gifted: Djuna Barnes --
Prairie poets: Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay, and Edgar Lee Masters --
Anderson, Millay, and Crane in their letters --
Seduction and betrayal --
Zelda --
Sylvia Plath --
Eugene O'Neill: a sketch --
Mary McCarthy --
Nabokov: master class --
Elizabeth Bishop --
Guilt, character, possibilities --
Cheever; or, the ambiguities --
Citizen Updike --
Paradise lost: Philip Roth --
In the wasteland: Joan Didion --
Reckless people: Richard Ford --
Katherine Anne Porter --
Edmund Wilson --
Truman Capote: Tru confessions --
Norman Mailer: the teller and the tape.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Hardwick.
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"A tour of a century of American writers, from the novels of Melville, Wharton and James to the fictions of Margaret Fuller, Sylvia Plath and Norman Mailer. Twenty-five years ago, Elizabeth Hardwick's now classic essay "Seduction and Betrayal" helped pioneer the study of women in fiction, both as writers and as characters. American Fictions gathers for the first time Hardwick's portraits of America's greatest writers. Many of these pieces double as invaluable reminiscences about close friends, including Mary McCarthy, Katherine Anne Porter and Edmund Wilson. Hardwick has achieved a permanent place in American letters for her sharp and elegant style. Her essays are themselves a work of literature."--Jacket.

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