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Love and Death in the American Novel - Leslie A. Fiedler

Love and Death in the American Novel

Paperback Published: 1st January 1998
ISBN: 9781564781635
Number Of Pages: 520
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

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In its insights the book remains immensely intelligent, immediate, and vital. --David Plante

Preface to the Second Editionp. 7
Preface to the First Editionp. 9
Prototypes and Early Adaptations
The Novel and Americap. 23
The Novel's Audience and the Sentimental Love Religionp. 39
Richardson and the Tragedy of Seductionp. 62
The Bourgeois Sentimental Novel and the Female Audiencep. 74
The Beginnings of the Anti-Bourgeois Sentimental Novel in Americap. 105
Charles Brockden Brown and the Invention of the American Gothicp. 126
James Fenimore Cooper and the Historical Romancep. 162
Achievement and Frustration
Clarissa in America: Toward Marjorie Morningstarp. 217
Good Good Girls and Good Bad Boys: Clarissa as a Juvenilep. 259
The Revenge on Woman: From Lucy to Lolitap. 291
The Failure of Sentiment and the Evasion of Lovep. 337
The Blackness of Darkness: Edgar Allan Poe and the Development of the Gothicp. 391
The Power of Blackness: Faustian Man and the Cult of Violencep. 430
Indexp. 506
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ISBN: 9781564781635
ISBN-10: 1564781631
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 520
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Type: New edition