American Writers Classics, Volume 2 by Jay Parini

By Jay Parini

All the 18 essays during this quantity specializes in a unmarried paintings of yank literature. Written in transparent, jargon-free variety through university and college professors, every one explores the nuances of the paintings -- topics, characterization, use of language -- permitting the coed to understand, interpret and write concerning the classics. quantity 2 covers Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy," Sarah Orne Jewett's "The nation of the Pointed Firs," Saul Bellow's "Herzog," F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is the Night," and "The nice Gatsby," Edith Warton's "Ethan Frome," Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man," Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio" and others. Volumes additionally function timelines, writer chronologies, bibliographies with additional interpreting feedback and cumulative indexes.

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Dreiser attempted to turn Ausley Bellinger, his fictive version of Molineux, into an impoverished social climber but could not make the narrative work. Dreiser found it impossible to empathize with Molineux, and there were too many contradictions between the source material and the story he was trying to formulate. There were two more false starts in the years immediately following World War I. Dreiser almost finished "Her Boy," a long story about Eddie Meagher, an Irish-American bank robber from the slums who dies in the electric chair, roughly based on a Philadelphia career criminal.

He begins to think the unthinkable: that he could solve all his problems by drowning Roberta and the baby and making it look like an accident. " Driven by the accelerating force of circumstances, Clyde's dark idea quickly develops into a desperate conviction, then into a detailed plan of action. The psychological effect of hatching such a plan is to make Clyde virtually schizophrenic; the gap between the seemingly benign persona he presents to the world and the homicidal impulse growing inside him is almost more than he can manage.

176-200. Kazin, Alfred, and Charles Shapiro, eds. The Stature of Theodore Dreiser: A Critical Survey of the Man and His Work. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1955. Kehl, Del G. "An American Tragedy and Dreiser's Cousin, Mr. " Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 32 (autumn 1978): 211-221. Kliman, Bernice. " Literature/Film Quarterly 5 (summer 1977): 258-268. Lehan, Richard. " College English 25 (December 1963): 187-193. Theodore Dreiser: His World and His Novels. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1969.

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