The Mask of Fiction: Essays on W.D. Howells

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1989 - Literary Collections - 266 pages
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Nine related essays by Crowley (English, Syracuse) on American writer Howells (1837-1920). Chapters discuss Howells' relationship to the Civil War, his friendship with a homosexual, his attitude toward women, the death of his daughter, and the psychological and psychic concerns of his later fiction. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I
15
Howellss Obscure Hurt
17
The EverWomanly
35
Howells Stoddard and Male Homosocial Attachment
56
Winifred Howells and the Economy of Pain
83
PART II
115
The Length of The Shadow of a Dream
117
From Psychologism to Psychic Romance
133
Childhood Sexuality in The Flight of Pony Baker
156
The Son of Royal Langbrith and Fennel and Rue
172
New Leaf Mills
193
Notes
215
Index
259
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About the author (1989)

John W. Crowley is a professor of English and director of the Humanities Doctoral Program at Syracuse University, where he has taught since 1970. Best known as a scholar of William Dean Howells, he has written other works on alcohol-related topics, including the widely praised The White Logic: Alcoholism and Gender in American Modernist Fiction.

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