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Love and death in the American novel

Author: Leslie A Fiedler
Publisher: New York : Stein and Day, 1966.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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The book views in depth both American literature and American character from the time of the revolution to the present. From there it emerges Professor Fiedler's ... judgment that our literature is incapable of dealing with adult sexuality and is pathologically obsessed with death--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fiedler, Leslie A.
Love and death in the American novel.
New York, Stein and Day, 1966
(OCoLC)570555610
Named Person: Charles Brockden Brown; Samuel Richardson; Edgar Allan Poe; James Fenimore Cooper; William Faulkner; Mark Twain; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Herman Melville; Charles Brockden Brown; James Fenimore Cooper; William Faulkner; Nathaniel Hawthorne; Herman Melville; Edgar Allan Poe; Samuel Richardson; Mark Twain; A Andrae
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie A Fiedler
OCLC Number: 270256
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 512 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Prototypes and early adaptations: The novel and America --
The novel's audience and the sentimental love religion --
Richardson and the tragedy of seduction --
The bourgeois sentimental novel and the female audience --
The beginnings of the anti-bourgeois sentimental novel in America --
Charles Brockden Brown and the invention of the American Gothic --
James Fenimore Cooper and the historical romance --
pt. 2. Achievement and frustration: Clarissa in America: toward Marjorie Morningstar --
Good good girls and good bad boys: Clarissa as a juvenile --
The revenge on woman: from Lucy to Lolita --
The failure of sentiment and the evasion of love --
The blackness of darkness: Edgar Allan Poe and the development of the Gothic --
The power of blackness: Faustian man and the cult of violence.
Responsibility: Leslie A. Fiedler.

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The book views in depth both American literature and American character from the time of the revolution to the present. From there it emerges Professor Fiedler's ... judgment that our literature is incapable of dealing with adult sexuality and is pathologically obsessed with death--Jacket.

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