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Herman Melville

Herman Melville

1st Edition

D. E. S. Maxwell
June 18, 2019

In this fascinating and revealing book, first published in 1968, Maxwell examines the life and work of Herman Melville. By dividing extracts of Melville’s work in chronological order, the sections clearly illustrate the various facets of Melville’s technique and thought as it evolves. This title is...

Figures of Division: William Faulkner's Major Novels

Figures of Division: William Faulkner's Major Novels

1st Edition

James A. Snead
June 18, 2019

Originally published in 1986. William Faulkner’s major novels represent one of the earliest American explorations into the paradoxes inherent in both literary discourse and racial segregation in the American South. Figures of Division demonstrates that these works reject conventional divisions and...

The American Dream and the Popular Novel

The American Dream and the Popular Novel

1st Edition

Elizabeth Long
June 18, 2019

This title, originally published in 1985, examines conceptions of success and the good life expressed in bestselling novels – ranging from historical sagas and spy thrillers to more serious works by Updike, Bellows, Steinbeck and Mailer – published from 1945 to 1975. Using these popular books as...

Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn

1st Edition

Harold Beaver
June 18, 2019

Originally published in 1987. Popular from its first publication, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains at the centre of heated controversy. Is it an adult novel or juvenile fiction? Is Huck a new model hero from the West or just another amoral prankster? Harold Beaver reconciles these divergent...

William Faulkner's Characters: An Index to the Published and Unpublished Fiction

William Faulkner's Characters: An Index to the Published and Unpublished Fiction

1st Edition

Thomas A. Dasher
June 18, 2019

Originally published in 1981. This index to characters and names in the published and unpublished fiction of William Faulkner is in two parts. The first, divided into novels, short stories, and unpublished fiction, lists the characters within each individual work. The second is an index of all...

James Fenimore Cooper the Novelist

James Fenimore Cooper the Novelist

1st Edition

George Dekker
June 18, 2019

Originally published in 1967. In this critical survey of the fiction of James Fenimore Cooper, George Dekker devotes a good deal of attention to Cooper’s politics. He also explores the assimilation and development of the historical novel as first perfected by Sir Walter Scott. Cooper’s major formal...

American Fiction: The Intellectual Background

American Fiction: The Intellectual Background

1st Edition

D. E. S. Maxwell
June 18, 2019

Originally published in 1963. The ‘Americanness’ of the American novel is as readily apparent as it is elusive of definition. It is the purpose of this study not to discover the reluctant formula, the comprehensive statement of national identity, but to examine the evidences of this identity in the...

Mark Twain's Humor: Critical Essays

Mark Twain's Humor: Critical Essays

1st Edition

David E. E. Sloane
June 18, 2019

Originally published in 1993. The purpose of this volume is to lay out documents which give an estimate of Mark Twain as a humourist in both historical scope and in the analysis of modern scholars. The emphasis in this collection is on how Twain developed from a contemporary humourist among many...

The Assimilation Experience of Five American White Ethnic Novelists of the Twentieth Century

The Assimilation Experience of Five American White Ethnic Novelists of the Twentieth Century

1st Edition

Betty Ann Burch
June 18, 2019

This title, originally published in 1990, is a contribution to the social and literary history of ethnic groups in America. Its sources are the writings – chiefly novels – of five authors of Eastern and Southern European descent, chosen because they depict the acculturation of their people, the...

Grim Phantasms: Fear in Poe's Short Fiction

Grim Phantasms: Fear in Poe's Short Fiction

1st Edition

Michael L. Burduck
June 18, 2019

This title, originally published in 1992, presents an assessment of Poe’s short stories that treat horror, and more specifically how he manipulated the conventions of that horror to register subtly on the fears and phobias of his reading audiences. Short-stories examined include The Black Cat,...

Dickinson Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1969-1985

Dickinson Scholarship: An Annotated Bibliography 1969-1985

1st Edition

Karen Dandurand
June 18, 2019

This bibliography, first published in 1988, is intended to make more readily accessible the wealth of Dickinson criticism and scholarship that appeared from 1969 through 1985. During the 17 years that are covered in this bibliography nearly 800 books, articles and dissertations have appeared. The...

The New Mark Twain Handbook

The New Mark Twain Handbook

1st Edition

E. Hudson Long, J. R. LeMaster
June 18, 2019

This authors of this useful handbook, originally published in 1985, not only summarise Mark Twain scholarship, but also evaluate, in much detail, the various contributions. Each chapter includes a thorough annotated bibliography. This title also includes a comprehensive chronological table of the...

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