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Author Stafford, William T.
Title Books speaking to books : a contextual approach to American fiction / by William T. Stafford.
Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1981.

Author Stafford, William T.
Subject American fiction -- History and criticism.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Description ix, 165 pages ; 21 cm
Contents Introduction: listening.--A whale, an heiress, and a southern demigod: three symbolic Americas.--Benjy Compson, Jake Barnes, and Nick Carraway: replication in three "innocent" American narrators of the 1920s.--The obverse relation: some western flights eastward (in literature and film).--The black/white continuum: some recent examples in Bellow, Malamud, and Updike.--Three applications: Truth's ragged edges: Melville's loyalties in Billy Budd--the commitment of form in the digressions. "The birthplace": James's Fable for critics? Faulkner's revolt against the 1920s: parody and transcendence, continuation and innovation.--Afterword: Knower, doer, and sayer--the James family view of Emerson.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 0807814695
OCLC # 6916166

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