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The Mockingbird in the Gum Tree: A Literary Gallimaufry

The Mockingbird in the Gum Tree: A Literary Gallimaufry

by Louis Decimus Rubin

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In this collection of critical essays, Rubin--literary critic; professor of English Emeritus, Univ. of North Carolina; and founder of Algonquin Press--traces the development of the American literary voice through such writers as Melville, Faulkner, Twain, and Robert Penn Warren, in addition to commenting on H.L. Mencken, Joseph Epstein, and other notables. Particularly enlightening are his essays on Faulkner and the writers of the Southern Renaissance, where he examines the ``love-hate relationship with the Southern community'' of which these writers are citizens. It is refreshing to find that Rubin, a supporter of Cleanth Brooks, Warren, and the New Criticism, decries the current theoretical trend toward deconstruction that currently pervades so many college English departments. Highly recommended for all readers seeking a clear and sane voice in American literary criticism.-- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
A collection of 16 essays, public addresses, forewords, and other pieces exploring a wide range of topics concerning American literature from a southern perspective. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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