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The heroic ideal in American literature

Author: Theodore L Gross
Publisher: New York, Free Press [1971]
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Gross, Theodore L.
Heroic ideal in American literature.
New York, Free Press [1971]
(OCoLC)551273556
Named Person: Booker T Washington; Walt Whitman; Norman Mailer; Henry James; Rudolph Fisher; J D Salinger; W E B Du Bois; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Ralph Ellison; F Scott Fitzgerald; Jean Toomer; Thomas Nelson Page; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Langston Hughes; William Gilmore Simms; James Baldwin; Ernest Hemingway; Herman Melville; Richard Wright; James Baldwin; W E B Du Bois; Ralph Ellison; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Rudolph Fisher; F Scott Fitzgerald; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Ernest Hemingway; Langston Hughes; Henry James; Norman Mailer; Herman Melville; Thomas Nelson Page; J D Salinger; William Gilmore Simms; Jean Toomer; Booker T Washington; Walt Whitman; Richard Wright
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore L Gross
OCLC Number: 128882
Description: xvi, 304 pages 22 cm
Contents: 1. The Emersonian hero: Under the shadow of our swords: Emerson and the heroic ideal --
Nathaniel Hawthorne: the absurdity of heroism --
Herman Melville: the nature of authority --
Walt Whitman: the putative hero --
Henry James: the illusion of freedom --
2. The Southern hero: The code of Southern heroism --
William Gilmore Simms and the antebellum writers --
Thomas Nelson Page and the postbellum writers --
Twentieth-century criticism and literature --
3. The Black hero: The idealism of Negro literature --
The two traditions: Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois --
The Negro awakening: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Rudolph Fisher, and others --
The major authors: Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin --
Contemporary Negro literature --
4. The disenchanted hero: Introductory: the twentieth century --
Ernest Hemingway: the renunciation of America --
F. Scott Fitzgerald: the hero in retrospect --
5. The Quixotic hero: Saul Bellow: the victim and the hero --
J.D. Salinger: suicide and survival in the modern world --
Norman Mailer: the quest for heroism.
Responsibility: [by] Theodore L. Gross.

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