What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960

What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960

Gordon Hutner


regardless of the energetic examine of contemporary American fiction, cutting-edge readers are just acquainted with a partial shelf of an enormous library. Gordon Hutner describes the distorted, canonized heritage of the twentieth-century American novel as a checklist of contemporary classics insufficiently favored of their day yet recuperated via students so as to form the grand culture of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. In proposing literary heritage this fashion, Hutner argues, students have forgotten a wealthy treasury of realist novels that recount the tale of the yank middle-class's war of words with modernity. examining those novels now bargains a rare chance to witness debates approximately what sort of state the USA might develop into and what position its newly dominant heart classification may have--and, Hutner indicates, also needs to lead us to ask yourself how our personal modern novels can be remembered.

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