The American Novel series provides students of American literature with introductory critical guides to the great works of American fiction. Each volume begins with a substantial introduction by a distinguished authority on the text, giving details of the work's composition, publication history, and contemporary reception, as well as a survey of the major critical trends and readings from first publication to the present. The overview is followed by newly commissioned essays and a guide to further reading. The series is an invaluable resource for all undergraduates engaged in the critical analysis of major American novels.'Winners not only because of the generally high level of performance of the separate essayists but also because of the informative, witty overviews by their editors.'American Fiction
Senior Editor: Emory Elliot, University of California, Riverside
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