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The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists

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Timothy Parrish, Stephen Railton, Robert Milder, Clark Davis, Arthur Riss, Peter Messent, Thomas J. Otten, Pamela Knights, Clare Eby, Ruth Prigozy, Eugene Goodheart, Philip Weinstein, Hana Wirth-Nesher, Alex Goody, Lovalerie King, William Dow, Leonard Cassuto, David Yaffe, Sarah Graham, Joan Schenkar, Julian W. Connoly, Joshua Kupetz, Victoria Aarons, Todd Davis, James Schiff, David Seed, Valerie Smith, Debra Shostak, Thomas Heise, Brian Evenson
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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107600973

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  • This Companion examines the full range and vigor of the American novel. From the American exceptionalism of James Fenimore Cooper to the apocalyptic post-Americanism of Cormac McCarthy, these newly commissioned essays from leading scholars and critics chronicle the major aesthetic innovations that have shaped the American novel over the past two centuries. The essays evaluate the work, life and legacy of influential American novelists including Melville, Twain, James, Wharton, Cather, Faulkner, Ellison, Pynchon and Morrison, while situating them within the context of their literary predecessors and successors. The volume also highlights less familiar, though equally significant writers such as Theodore Dreiser and Djuna Barnes, providing a balanced and wide-ranging survey of use to students, teachers and general readers of American literature.

    • Essays written by leading scholars and critics on the social and cultural history of the novel in America
    • Offers chronological coverage of each author, allowing readers to set each novelist within a larger historical framework
    • Comprehensive coverage of each author, providing a useful tool for students studying for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
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    'The Cambridge Companion to American Novelists should appeal to all levels, from students studying American literature to general readers interested in learning more about a broad range of talented authors, representing the multi-ethnic narratives of America's history. Editor Timothy Parrish and his fellow contributors have compiled an accessible and informative guide, and a useful addition to library shelves.' Reference Reviews

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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107600973
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Timothy Parrish
    1. James Fenimore Cooper Stephen Railton
    2. Nathaniel Hawthorne Robert Milder
    3. Herman Melville Clark Davis
    4. Harriet Beecher Stowe Arthur Riss
    5. Mark Twain Peter Messent
    6. Henry James Thomas J. Otten
    7. Edith Wharton Pamela Knights
    8. Theodore Dreiser Clare Eby
    9. Willa Cather Timothy Parrish
    10. F. Scott Fitzgerald Ruth Prigozy
    11. Ernest Hemingway Eugene Goodheart
    12. William Faulkner Philip Weinstein
    13. Henry Roth Hana Wirth-Nesher
    14. Djuna Barnes Alex Goody
    15. Zora Neale Hurston Lovalerie King
    16. Richard Wright William Dow
    17. Raymond Chandler Leonard Cassuto
    18. Ralph Ellison David Yaffe
    19. J. D. Salinger Sarah Graham
    20. Patricia Highsmith Joan Schenkar
    21. Vladimir Nabokov Julian W. Connoly
    22. Jack Kerouac Joshua Kupetz
    23. Saul Bellow Victoria Aarons
    24. Kurt Vonnegut Todd Davis
    25. John Updike James Schiff
    26. Thomas Pynchon David Seed
    27. Toni Morrison Valerie Smith
    28. Philip Roth Debra Shostak
    29. Don DeLillo Thomas Heise
    30. Cormac McCarthy Brian Evenson
    Guide to further reading
    Index.

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    • Reading the American Novel
  • Editor

    Timothy Parrish, Florida State University
    Timothy Parrish is Professor of English at Florida State University. Publishing widely on American literature and culture, he is the author of three books, including Ralph Ellison and the Genius of America (2012). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth (2007).

    Contributors

    Timothy Parrish, Stephen Railton, Robert Milder, Clark Davis, Arthur Riss, Peter Messent, Thomas J. Otten, Pamela Knights, Clare Eby, Ruth Prigozy, Eugene Goodheart, Philip Weinstein, Hana Wirth-Nesher, Alex Goody, Lovalerie King, William Dow, Leonard Cassuto, David Yaffe, Sarah Graham, Joan Schenkar, Julian W. Connoly, Joshua Kupetz, Victoria Aarons, Todd Davis, James Schiff, David Seed, Valerie Smith, Debra Shostak, Thomas Heise, Brian Evenson

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