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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Jacobson, Marcia Ann.
Being a boy again.
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1994
|Material Type:||Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Marcia Ann Jacobson
|Description:||188 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||The boy book : the historical context, fiction and autobiography --
Thomas Bailey Aldrich and Charles Dudley Warner --
Mark Twain --
William Dean Howells --
Hamlin Garland --
Stephen Crane --
Booth Tarkington --
The end of the boy book.
Jacobson finds her answers in the widespread social and economic changes of the second half of the 19th century, as well as in the personal crisis that inspired each of the boy books. She argues that key works by such writers as Thomas Bailey Aldrich, William Dean Howells, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and Booth Tarkington marked a nostalgic retreat to being a boy again in the face of the difficulties of being a man in 19th-century America. The interplay between the narrating male adult in these books and the child he once was results in wonderfully innovative books - all of which have at their core the narrator's confrontation with his father, the person who should have taught him how to be a man and who inevitably is found wanting.
Jacobson concludes her study by looking briefly at the social and intellectual changes that brought the genre to its end. She also suggests that in its rich variety of form and texture, the boy book should be recognized as a precursor of the imaginative autobiography we associate with 20th-century writers.
- Autobiographical fiction, American -- Male authors -- History and criticism.
- American prose literature -- Male authors -- History and criticism.
- Boys -- United States -- Biography -- History and criticism.
- Boys in literature.
- English fiction
- United States
- Autobiographische Literatur
- Geschichte 1865-1914.