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Mask of Fiction

John W. Crowley

Published by University of Massachusetts Press
ISBN 10: 155849751X / ISBN 13: 9781558497511
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Title: Mask of Fiction

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

Binding: Paperback

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Paperback. 284 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.9in.W. D. Howells (1837-1920) occupies a peculiar position in our current literary history. Situated on the periphery, he is one of whose marginality seems, nevertheless, to be a necessary counterpart to the centrality of other writers--such as his friends Henry James and mark Twin--who are more securely fixed in the canon. Paradoxically, Howells has been an indispensable man in the middle, linking such binary pairs as EastWest, romancerealism, elitismsocialism, patriarchal canonwomen writers. This volume brings together nine related essays by John W. Crowley. The first four center respectively on Howells and the Civil War, his attitudes toward women, his friendship with a homosexual writer, and the tragically short life of his daughter Winifred. Crowleys overarching purpose here is to establish Howells as perhaps the representative male writer of his time, within the gender codes of Victorian America. The last five chapters discuss Howells later fiction, focusing on its intense concern with psychology an psychic phenomena. Crowley not only brings this relatively neglected work more fully into view, but also argues that Howells used the writing of this fiction as a process of psychological self-healing that resembles the self-analysis of Sigmund Freud during the same years. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781558497511

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