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TYCOONS AND LOCUSTS, A REGIONAL LOOK AT HOLLYWOOD FICTION OF THE 1930s.

Wells, Walter.

ISBN 10: 0809306069 / ISBN 13: 9780809306060
Published by SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY PRESS. CARBONDALE 1973, 1973
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: TYCOONS AND LOCUSTS, A REGIONAL LOOK AT ...

Publisher: SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY PRESS. CARBONDALE 1973

Publication Date: 1973

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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The fascination and lure of Hollywood during the Great Depression are explored in this unique and perceptive book. Wells concentrates on eight works: James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, Horace McCoy’s They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, John O’Hara’s Hope of Heaven, Nathanael West’s Day of the Locust, Budd Schulberg’s What Makes Sammy Run?, Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon and The Pat Hobby Stories.

 

Dominating and unifying the fiction discussed is an overriding theme of dis­solution, of falseness, of cynicism, Wells finds. His conclusion, which makes this book more than just another study of the fiction of the 1930s, is that the Hollywood-Southland region imposed these attitudes on the writers, whose fiction thus illus­trates important and interesting literary uses of region.

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Walter Wells is Associate Professor of English and Chairman of American Studies at California State College, Dominguez Hills. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Sussex, England.

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