American Fictions

ISBN-10: 0375754822
ISBN-13: 9780375754821
Edition: 1999
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Description: This volume provides a guide through a century of American literature, with essays on some of the most prominent American authors.

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/2/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

This volume provides a guide through a century of American literature, with essays on some of the most prominent American authors.

Elizabeth Hardwick was born on July 27, 1916, in Lexington, Kentucky. Hardwick earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky, then she enrolled at Columbia University for additional study. Formerly an adjunct associate professor of English at Barnard College in New York, Hardwick has spent most of her adult life writing novels and essays. Hardwick's first novel, The Ghostly Lover, a story about a Kentucky family, was published in 1945. Since then, Hardwick has also written the novels The Simple Truth and Sleepless Nights. Her books of essays include A View of My Own, Sight-Readings: American Fiction, and Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature. Once nominated for the National Book Award, Seduction and Betrayal focuses on American writers, especially women writers, including Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Anne Porter, among others. The founder and advisory editor of the New York Review of Books, Hardwick's works have appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, The London Times Literary Supplement, and Harper's. She died at the age of 91 on December 2, 2007.

Preface
Locations: An Introduction
Old New York
Bartleby in Manhattan
Mrs. Wharton in New York
Henry James: On Washington Square
Americans Abroad
The Genius of Margaret Fuller
A Bunch of Reds: John Reed
Gertrude Stein
The Fate of the Gifted: Djuna Barnes
Wind from the Prairie
The Prairie Poets: Carl Sandburg, Vachel Lindsay, and Edgar Lee Masters
Anderson, Millay, and Crane in Their Letters
Victims and Victors
Seduction and Betrayal
Zelda
Sylvia Plath
Eugene O'Neill: A Sketch
Snapshots
Mary McCarthy
Nabokov: Master Class
Elizabeth Bishop
The Sense of the Present
Guilt, Character, Possibilities
Fictions of America
Cheever; or, The Ambiguities
Citizen Updike
Paradise Lost: Philip Roth
In the Wasteland: Joan Didion
Reckless People: Richard Ford
Lives
Katherine Anne Porter
Edmund Wilson
Truman Capote: Tru Confessions
Norman Mailer: The Teller and the Tape
Index
Permissions Acknowledgments

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