New York and the Literary Imagination: The City in Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama

New York and the Literary Imagination: The City in Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama

by Edward Margolies

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Overview

This work reveals the myths of New York and the various, often paradoxical ways that authors have portrayed New York City. Part One examines New York from the perspectives of a New York aristocracy (e.g. Henry James), immigrants (e.g. Mario Puzo), African Americans (e.g. Ralph Ellison), and Jews (e.g. Daniel Fuchs). Part Two studies variations and themes of New York mythology in the works of Stephen Crane, Tom Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Theodore Dreiser, among others. Part Three covers New York in theatre, including works from Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786430710
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/06/2007
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Edward Margolies is professor emeritus of the City University of New York. The author of numerous books about American literary history and culture, he lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface 1

Introduction 5



PART ONE: MYTHMAKERS

1. The Old Guard

Henry James, Edith Wharton, Louis Auchincloss 17

2. Immigrants

Abraham Cahan, Pietro di Donato, Mario Puzo, Oscar Hijuelos 32

3. Black Manhattan

James Weldon Johnson, Nella Larsen, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison 47

4. First Generation or Jews Without Money

Samuel Ornitz, Michael Gold, Henry Roth, Anzia Yezierska, Daniel Fuchs, Delmore Schwartz 63



PART TWO: AN AMERICAN DREAM WITH VARIATIONS

5. Struggles for Space

Stephen Crane, James Baldwin, Ann Petry, Bernard Malamud 93

6. The Big Picture

William Dean Howells, John Dos Passos, Tom Wolfe, Don DeLillo 113

7. The Magic, the Mystery, the Miseries

Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dawn Powell, E.L. Doctorow, Paule Marshall 124

8. Darker Visions—Death and the City

Theodore Dreiser, Nathanael West, Paula Fox, Saul Bellow, Paul Auster 145



PART THREE: A CENTURY OF THEATER

9. Mirrors of the City

Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Herb Gardner, and Others 165



Epilogue: September 11, 2001 185

Selected Bibliography 187

Index 193

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