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Generation of vipers

Author: Philip Wylie
Publisher: Normal, Ill. : Dalkey Archive Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Dalkey Archive edView all editions and formats
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"Perhaps the most vitriolic attack ever launched on the American way of living - from politicians to professors to businessmen to Mom to sexual mores to religion - Generation of Vipers ranks with the works of De Tocqueville and Emerson in defining the American character and malaise. Wylie's classic, written with devastating wit and a pen as sharp as a barber's razor, wages war on all forms of American hypocrisy.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Wylie
ISBN: 1564781461 9781564781468
OCLC Number: 34544882
Notes: Previously published: Rev. ed. New York : Rinehart, 1955.
"Newly annotated by the author. For the 20th edition of this explosive classic Philip Wylie has supplied a thoughtful preface-- and illuminating footnotes reflecting his current thinking on what he calls a survey of moral want, a philosophical discourse suitable only for the strong, a study of American types and archetypes and a signpost on the two thoroughfares of man, the Via Dolorosa and the Descensus Averno, together with sundry preachments, epithets-- moral adventures-- political impertinences-- allegories-- aspirations-- visions and jokes as well as homely hints for the care of the human soul."
Description: xviii, 331 pages ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Philip Wylie.

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"Perhaps the most vitriolic attack ever launched on the American way of living - from politicians to professors to businessmen to Mom to sexual mores to religion - Generation of Vipers ranks with the works of De Tocqueville and Emerson in defining the American character and malaise. Wylie's classic, written with devastating wit and a pen as sharp as a barber's razor, wages war on all forms of American hypocrisy. Remarkably, or perhaps not so, what Philip Wylie has to say rings as true today as when he first wrote Vipers, and no doubt it will continue to offend and outrage both the Left and Right. Harsh, bitter, and filled with venom toward those who have corrupted the America that "could have been," Generation of Vipers will be read with pleasure and indignation a century from now."--Jacket.

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