Love and Death in the American Novel

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9780385424172: Love and Death in the American Novel

Lengthy analyses of Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, and Huckleberry Finn help to illustrate the duplicity with which themes of love and death are treated in American fiction

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Leslie Fiedler is Samuel Clemens Professor and SUNY Distinguished Professor at SUNY Buffalo. One of the greatest living literary critics, his works include LOVE AND DEATH IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL (1960), AN END TO INNOCENCE (1955); NUDE CROQUET (1969), and FREAKS (1978).

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“Prof. Fiedler's entertaining account of the American novel's obsessions remains one of the key works of American studies more then 30 years after its first appearance.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Genuinely original . . . a work of lasting importance . . . a powerful indictment of our culture and of modern culture in general.” (Richard Chase)

“I know few works of criticism that are so likely to involve the reader whose interest in literature is not of a professional kind . . . it amounts to a general cultural history of the nation.” (Lionel Trilling)

“In its insights the book remains immensely intelligent, immediate, and vital.” (David Plante - Bookforum)

“It is not possible to read Leslie Fiedler's criticism without a sense of awe and excitement.” (Los Angeles Times)

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