Contemporaries. [Essays.


1st ed.].. Boston, Little, Brown [1962] .

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Subjects Literature, Modern -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature, Modern -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Literature, Modern.
Description 513 pages 22 cm
Copyright Date [1962]
Notes Rev. edition published as: Contemporaries, from the 19th century to the present. New and revised edition ©1982.
Also issued online.
Summary Includes essays on Herman Melville and Moby Dick, Henry David Thoreau, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Gertrude Stein, Sinclair Lewis, John P. Marquand, William Faulkner, Graham Greene, John O'Hara, Nelson Algren, James Agee, Lawrence Durrell, Dylan Thomas, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, J.F. Powers, Robert Lowell, J.D. Salinger, Brendan Behan, Norman Mailer, Truman Capote, James Baldwin, Philip Roth, Sholom Aleichem, Thomas Mann, and Albert Camus, among others. Includes five essays on Sigmund Freud.
Contents The background of modern literature -- Relevance of the American past -- Ishmael and Ahab -- Dry light and hard expressions -- Thoreau's lost journal -- Called back -- Good old Howells -- Stephen Crane's Scarlet Woman -- A leftover Transcendentalist: John Jay Chapman -- And the war came --Old boys, mostly American -- Dreiser: the esthetic of realism -- The mystery of Gertrude Stein -- Lady Chatterley in America -- The youngest man who ever was -- Sinclair Lewis: hail and farewell -- John P. Marquand and the American failure -- William Faulkner: the stillness of Light in August -- William Faulkner: More Snopeses -- William Faulkner: the short stories -- Graham Greene and the age of absurdity -- The Great American bore -- Famous since the war -- A brilliant boy from the Midlands -- The southern "city of the soul" --Nelson Algren on the wild side -- Good-by to James Agee -- Lawrence Durrell's rosy-finger'd Egypt -- The posthumous life of Dylan Thomas -- Bernard Malamud: the magic and the dread -- The alone generation -- The world of Saul Bellow -- Gravity and grace: the stories of J.F. Powers -- In praise of Robert Lowell -- J.D. Salinger: "everybody's favorite" -- Brendan Behan: the causes go, the rebels remain -- How good is Norman Mailer? -- Truman Capote and the army of wrongness -- The essays of James Baldwin -- Tough-minded Mr. Roth -- The European current -- The plant, man, is more robust and large in Rome than elsewhere -- Sholom Aleichem: the old country -- Thomas Mann: or the German as novelist -- The saint as Schlemiel -- Facing it -- A condemned man: Albert Camus -- The least of these -- No sky for Renaud -- Places -- Gastprofessor für Amerikanistik -- In Puerto Rico -- From a Russian diary -- Pasternak's wake -- At ease in Zion -- Freud and his consequences -- Sigmund Freud, 1856-1956: portrait of a hero -- Psychoanalysis and literary culture today -- The lesson of the master -- The Conquistador: or Freud in his letters -- the language of pundits -- The puzzle of modern society -- The uses of experience -- Old revolutionists: Dwight Macdonald -- Edmund Wilson on the thirties -- The ghost of Leon Trotsky -- The historian at the center --The education of T.S. Matthews -- What's wrong with culture -- Art is good for you -- The village today: or the music the money makes -- Youth is a pressure group -- Eichmann and the new Israelis -- The President and other intellectuals -- The critics task -- Writing for magazines -- Saints for our time -- Father Rexroth and the Beats -- Tynan'sTheater -- The poet against the English department -- The function of criticism today -- Index.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)625449
(OCoLC)ocm00625449
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WorldCat Identities Kazin, Alfred, 1915-1998.
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