Love and Death in the American Novel

Love and Death in the American Novel

by Leslie Fiedler
     
 

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A retrospective article on Leslie Fiedler in the New York Times Book Review in 1965 referred to Love and Death in the American Novel as “one of the great, essential books on the American imagination . . . an accepted major work.” This groundbreaking work views in depth both American literature and character from the time of the American Revolution to the

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A retrospective article on Leslie Fiedler in the New York Times Book Review in 1965 referred to Love and Death in the American Novel as “one of the great, essential books on the American imagination . . . an accepted major work.” This groundbreaking work views in depth both American literature and character from the time of the American Revolution to the present. From it, there emerges Fiedler's once scandalous—now increasingly accepted—judgment that our literature is incapable of dealing with adult sexuality and is pathologically obsessed with death.

Editorial Reviews

Richard Chase
“Genuinely original . . . a work of lasting importance . . . a powerful indictment of our culture and of modern culture in general.”
Lionel Trilling
“I know few works of criticism that are so likely to involve the reader whose interest in literature is not of a professional kind . . . it amounts to a general cultural history of the nation.”
David Plante - Bookforum
“In its insights the book remains immensely intelligent, immediate, and vital.”
Los Angeles Times
“It is not possible to read Leslie Fiedler's criticism without a sense of awe and excitement.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Prof. Fiedler's entertaining account of the American Novel's obsessions remains one of the key works of American studies more then 30 years after its first appearance. New afterword by the author. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564781635
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
1ST DALKEY
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Leslie Fiedler is Samuel Clemens Professor and SUNY Distinguished Professor at SUNY Buffalo. One of the greatest living literary critics, his works include LOVE AND DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL (1960), AN END TO INNOCENCE (1955); NUDE CROQUET (1969), and FREAKS (1978).

Leslie Fiedler is Samuel Clemens Professor and SUNY Distinguished Professor at SUNY Buffalo. One of the greatest living literary critics, his works include LOVE AND DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL (1960), AN END TO INNOCENCE (1955); NUDE CROQUET (1969), and FREAKS (1978).

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