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How the civil rights movement changed the careers of four white American writers as well as the literary establishment
Jonathan W. Gray, Brooklyn, New York, is assistant professor of English at John Jay College, CUNY.
Introduction Perfect Unions: Innocence and Exceptionalism in American Literary Discourse 3
Chapter 1 "The Look Back Home From A Long Distance": Robert Penn Warren and the Limits of Historical Responsibility 14
Chapter 2 The Apocalyptic Hipster: "The White Negro" and Norman Mailer's Achievement of Style 44
Chapter 3 "The Whole Heart of Fiction": Eudora Welty inside the Closed Society 72
Chapter 4 "Negroes, and Blood, and Horror": William Styron, Existential Freedom, and the Confessions of Nat Turner 105
Epilogue: Perfecting Innocence 133
Works Cited 155
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