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

Gordon Hutner

Abstract

Despite the vigorous study of modern American fiction, today's readers are only familiar with a partial shelf of a vast library. This book describes the distorted, canonized history of the twentieth-century American novel as a record of modern classics insufficiently appreciated in their day but recuperated by scholars in order to shape the grand tradition of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. It argues that in presenting literary history this way, scholars have forgotten a rich treasury of realist novels that recount the story of the American middle-class's confrontation with modernity. Rea ... More

Keywords: American fiction, American novel, realist novels, middle class, contemporary novels, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832271
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807887752_hutner

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gordon Hutner, author