This chapter provides an alternative way of reading the fiction of this decade. The author begins by restating the special circumstances under which 1930s historiography has been written, and then turn to mainstream critical opinion and its sense of the decade's achievements and challenges, pausing to examine the adjudication of taste that book reviewing played at the time. From that perspective, the chapter then moves to a discussion of the middle-class realism of the era, especially observing several of its principal modes of expression: the woman's novel, the historical novel, the family novel, and the political novel. Along the way, the author also studies some key episodes in literary history and culture by way of indicating how truly normative this fiction was for American readers.
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