By Jay Parini
All of the 18 essays during this quantity makes a speciality of a unmarried paintings of yankee literature. Written in transparent, jargon-free sort by means of collage and collage professors, each one explores the nuances of the paintings -- issues, characterization, use of language -- permitting the coed to realize, interpret and write concerning the classics. quantity 2 covers Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy," Sarah Orne Jewett's "The kingdom of the Pointed Firs," Saul Bellow's "Herzog," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night," and "The nice Gatsby," Edith Warton's "Ethan Frome," Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio" and others. Volumes additionally characteristic timelines, writer chronologies, bibliographies with extra interpreting feedback and cumulative indexes.
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All the King's Men: The Search for a Usable Past. New York: Twayne, 1993. (The only single-author book devoted exclusively to All the King's Men. ) 18 Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy ROBERT NIEMI I pessimistic novels attacking American capitalism. Dreiser's political sympathies were, indeed, with the radical Left and his writing was often excessively wordy and sometimes clumsy, but it is nowhere near as awful as his detractors claim. The iconic figure in the literary naturalist tradition, Dreiser remains one of the greatest of twentieth-century American writers; not for his sometimes fitful prose mastery but as his nation's most trenchant critic of the American success ethos.
Knowing all he knew about Chester Gillette, Dreiser came to the conclusion that Gillette was not capable of premeditated murder; what happened on Big Moose Lake that summer afternoon long ago must have been more complicated, desperate, and ambiguous. Dreiser spent the waning months of 1925 painstakingly revising the manuscript as a whole. This essentially meant the drastic cutting of reams of background information on characters' lives or long ruminations on what motivated them. The holograph (first draft) version of An American Tragedy is estimated to have been an astonishing one million words in length.
Subliminally associating beauty with inherent virtue, A Place in the Sun goes out of its way to affirm the myth that American class society is a de facto meritocracy, where the finest human specimens are quite naturally entitled to the best of life's comforts. George's fatal mistake was to get mixed up with a working-class girl. Stevens' repudiation of Dreiser's novel was rewarded at the 1952 Academy Awards. A Place in the Sun took home six Oscars, including a best director award for George Stevens.