Within the face of probably relentless American optimism, Eugene O'Neill's performs display an the United States many want to forget about, a spot of seething resentments, aching wants, and family members tragedy, the place failure and unhappiness are the norm and the yankee dream a chimera. notwithstanding derided by means of critics in the course of his lifetime, his works resonated with audiences, gained him the Nobel Prize and 4 Pulitzer, and proceed to grip theatergoers at the present time. Now famous historian John Patrick Diggins bargains a masterly biography that either lines O'Neill's tumultuous lifestyles and explains the forceful principles that shape the guts of his unflinching works. Diggins paints a richly certain portrait of the playwright's lifestyles, from his Irish roots and his early years at sea to his relationships together with his mom and brother. the following we see O'Neill as a tender Greenwich Village radical, a starving autodidact who tried to appreciate the disjunction among the sunny public face of yank lifestyles and the fad that he knew was once simmering underneath. in keeping with Diggins, O'Neill mined this disjunction like no different American author. His characters burn with eager for an idealized destiny composed of equivalent elements fabric luck and person freedom, yet time and again they fall again to earth, pulled by means of the tendrils of family members and the insatiability of wish. Drawing on thinkers from Emerson to Nietzsche, O'Neill seen this perpetually pissed off wish because the frustrating center of yankee democracy, at the same time using and undermining American beliefs of development, good fortune, and person freedom. Melding a penetrating review of O'Neill's works and inspiration with a delicate new version of his lifestyles, Eugene O'Neill's the United States bargains a impressive new view of America's maximum playwright - and a brand new photograph of yank democracy itself.
By Charles M Oliver
A consultant to the lifestyles and works of Ernest Hemingway, a very good American author. It includes the textual content of the acclaimed Ernest Hemingway A to Z, reorganized right into a student-friendly layout. additionally it is serious remark of Hemingway's novels and significant brief tales; examining lists; a biography; and illustrations.
Comprising greater than 30 immense essays written via major students, this spouse constitutes a really broad-ranging and in-depth consultant to at least one of America’s maximum poets.
- Makes the simplest and most modern pondering on Whitman on hand to students
- Designed to make readers extra conscious of the social and cultural contexts of Whitman’s paintings, and of the experimental nature of his writing
- Includes contributions dedicated to particular poetry and prose works, a compact biography of the poet, and a bibliography
By Paul Jahshan
Henry Miller is likely one of the least stylistically understood sleek writers. Having been dubbed a Zen saint and ostracized as a cheerful pornographer, Miller is now relegated to the museum of literary oddities and his textual content handled with unjustified indifference. If the effect of French surrealism has been well-known through so much critics and readers, it's not and not using a price: Miller is effectively categorized as a «surrealist» author and so much, if now not all, of his stylistic peculiarities are hence very easily disposed of. What Miller’s texts percentage with these of the French surrealists is an imagery of extra, certainly, yet one that is economically and masterfully aimed toward a reader whose response(s) assist in developing a specially Millerian model of stylistic deviation. This learn makes a speciality of the way in which this «Millerian textual content» invitations a clean re-reading of 1 of America’s best glossy authors.
By Jennifer Camden
Taking over works via Samuel Richardson, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, and Catharine Maria Sedgwick, between others, Jennifer B. Camden examines the position of woman characters who, whereas embodying the features linked to heroines, fail to accomplish this prestige within the tale. those "secondary heroines," frequently the pal or sister of the first heroine, usually disappear from the motion of the radical because the courtship plot progresses, purely to come back close to the belief of the motion with renewed calls for at the reader's recognition. Accounting for this power trend, Camden indicates, finds the cultural paintings played by way of those strange figures within the early background of the unconventional. simply because she is usually a way more vibrant personality than the heroine of the wedding plot, the secondary heroine unavoidably engages the reader's curiosity in her plight. That the narrative it appears seeks to suppress her creates pressure and issues to the secondary heroine as a domain of contested identification who represents an ideology of womanhood and nationhood at odds with the nationwide beliefs represented by way of the first heroine, whom the reader is requested to include. In exhibiting how the nervousness produced by way of those beliefs is displaced onto the secondary heroine, Camden's learn represents an immense intervention into the ways that early novels use personality to extra ideologies of race, category, intercourse, and gender.
Edith Wharton feared that the 'ill-bred', overseas and terrible might crush a local American elite. Drawing on quite a number turn-of-the-century social files, unpublished archival fabric and all of Wharton's novels, Jennie A. Kassanoff argues extra exact photo of her appreciation of yankee tradition and democracy develops via much less engagement with those arguable perspectives. She pursues her subject via documenting Wharton's lively participation in turn-of-the-century discourses starting from euthanasia and tourism to pragmatism and local americans.
By Ted Kooser
By Caroline F. Levander, Robert S. Levine
A significant other to American Literary Studies addresses the main provocative questions, matters, and concerns animating the sector. Essays offer readers with the data and conceptual instruments for figuring out American literary stories because it is practiced this present day, and chart new instructions for the way forward for the topic.
- Offers up to date debts of significant new severe methods to American literary studies
- Presents cutting-edge essays on a whole diversity of subject matters significant to the field
- Essays discover serious and institutional genealogies of the sector, more and more assorted conceptions of yank literary research, and extraordinary fabric adjustments reminiscent of the electronic revolution
- A specific anthology within the box, and an important source for libraries, school, graduate scholars, and complex undergraduates
This e-book bargains the 1st full-length learn of the chess buildings, motifs, and imagery in William Faulkner's Knight's Gambit . Wainwright appears on the value of chess as a literary gadget and examines the structural analogy drawn among the sport and linguistics by means of Ferdinand de Saussure.