The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 21, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 408 pages
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This student-friendly handbook provides an engaging overview of American fiction over the twentieth century, with entries on the important historical contexts and central issues, as well as the major texts and writers. Provides extensive coverage of short stories and short story writers as well as novels and novelists Discusses the cultural contexts and issues that shape the texts and their reputations Wide-ranging in scope, including science fiction and recent Native American writing Featured writers range from Henry James and Theodore Dresier to Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, and Sherman Alexie Ideal student accompaniment to courses in Twentieth-Century American Literature or Fiction

 

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Contents

Historical Contexts
9
The 1930s
22
Major Writers
37
Willa Cather 18731947
53
Raymond Chandler 18881959
67
John Dos Passos 18961970
81
Vladimir Nabokov 18991977
96
Nathanael West 19031940
112
Sherwood Anderson Winesburg Ohio 1919
213
Ernest Hemingway In Our Time 1925
227
Djuna Barnes Nightwood 1937
242
Salinger The Catcher in the Rye 1951
256
Jack Kerouac On the Road 1957
271
Saul Bellow Herzog 1964
291
Leslie Marmon Silko Ceremony 1977
305
Sandra Cisneros The House on Mango Street 1984
312

Richard Wright 19081960
117
James Baldwin 19241987
139
John Updike 19322009
152
Thomas Pynchon b 1937
169
Louise Erdrich b 1954
183
Theodore Dreiser Sister Carrie 1900
197
Amy Tan The Joy Luck Club 1989
331
The American Short Story
347
Women and TwentiethCentury American Fiction
360
Index
379
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Christopher MacGowan is Professor of English at the College of William and Mary, USA. His numerous publications include work on William Carlos Williams, Denise Levertov, Sherwood Anderson, Ford Madox Ford, and Vladimir Nabokov.

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