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Whitman's line, 'I was the man, I suffer'd, I was there', echoes through much of the
best American fiction, of past and present alike. The emphasis is on the individual
, whether Crane's hero in The Red Badge of Courage or the boy Nick in the ...
the English and American novel from the twenties to our time Walter Ernest Allen.
genius pulls him ... novel and the English. If the great theme of American fiction
has been the exploration of what it means to be an American, expressed often in
It was one of the first novels to bring into the open a subject latent in American
fiction from its earliest days — homosexuality. The relationship between man and
man, often idealized and never overtly sexual, but involving a virtual exclusion of
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As with the predecessor, 'Tradition and Dream' is just a great piece of literary history. But it's better than the earlier history (which dealt with English fiction until about 1914) for a few reasons ... Read full review
The Southern Novel Between the Wars
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