Love and Death in the American Novel

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9781564781635: Love and Death in the American Novel

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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About the Author:

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).

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).

Review:

“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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