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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Reed, Arthea J. S.
Presenting Harry Mazer.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996
|Named Person:||Harry Mazer; Harry Mazer|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Arthea J S Reed
|Description:||xvi, 153 p. ; 22 cm.|
|Series Title:||Twayne's United States authors series, TUSAS 673.; Twayne's United States authors series., Young adult authors.|
|Other Titles:||Harry Mazer|
|Responsibility:||Arthea J.S. Reed.|
In Presenting Harry Mazer, Arthea J. S. Reed posits that the impression of authenticity so striking in Harry Mazer's characters is a product of the writer's inner world: a rich territory of the imagination that sometimes conflicts sharply with tradition. Exploration of this inner world - through interviews with Mazer, surveys of the criticism, appraisals of the published works, and research into unpublished primary material - forms the core of Reed's study, the first biocritical approach to Mazer's life and works. A superbly limned biographical overview reveals to readers the significant people and events that have shaped Mazer's fiction, tracing parallels between several of his characters and Mazer's own parents, his wife, and the writer himself. Thematically arranged chapters offer probing readings of the novels, treating such topics as separation, connection, and identity, as well as the Mazers' own life together and their professional partnership.
Throughout, Reed articulates the motifs dominating Mazer's fiction, among them his fascination with ostensibly unlikable characters; his portraits of troubled father-son relationships; and his vision of the melding of inner world and outer reality that enables a young person to grow, assume responsibilities, care about others, and thereby more fully enter adulthood. For teachers, librarians, and students from middle school through the graduate level, Presenting Harry Mazer represents a vital new resource in young adult literature. It includes a foreword, preface, and chronology; notes and references; a selected bibliography; and an index.