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American NightThe Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War$
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Alan M. Wald

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835869

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837344_wald

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American Night
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Alan M. Wald

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837344_wald.5

This chapter considers the efforts of the poet and novelist Kenneth Fearing to fashion literary forms appropriate to the postwar mood. Fearing, foremost Communist poet of the Great Depression, forged a new radical sensibility in the following decade with his noir thrillers such as The Big Clock (1946), a psychosexual roman noir stressing the sinister effect of market segmentation in the publishing industry.

Keywords:   Kenneth Fearing, postwar mood, Great Depression, roman noir, Big Clock, market segmentation, publishing industry

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