This study focuses on nine American novelists and their criticism of the deceptive enticements of the American Dream. Written during the crucial years between the two World Wars, both, well-known authors such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Steinbeck as well as half forgotten Critical Realists, raise an admonitory finger, portraying the needs and illusions, the hopes and shattered dreams of their protagonists. Minute textual analyses reveal the authors' concern with a society which seduces its members with the promises of the American Dream.
Striking similarities betwen their criticism and recent European disapprobation of American influence on Europe can be discerned. In order to get a better understanding of the perception of the American Dream, the author illuminates some fundamental concepts concerning the American Way of Life and the country's historical background.
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About the Author
The Author: Jürg Peter Keller was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1957 into a family of middle-class working people. He studied English, Italian and Journalism in Zurich and worked in the West Hartford Public School System (Connecticut, USA) as a teacher of foreign languages. His frequent travels to the US made him a critical observer of «the American Way of Life». He has taught English and Italian in Zurich and Schaffhausen, and he presently teaches English and Italian at the Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz, Switzerland, where he is Head of the English Department.