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The Resource Failure and the American Writer : a Literary History, Gavin Jones

Failure and the American Writer : a Literary History, Gavin Jones

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Failure and the American Writer : a Literary History
Title
Failure and the American Writer
Title remainder
a Literary History
Statement of responsibility
Gavin Jones
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"If America worships success, then why has the nation's literature dwelled obsessively on failure? This book explores encounters with failure by nineteenth-century writers - ranging from Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville to Mark Twain and Sarah Orne Jewett - whose celebrated works more often struck readers as profoundly messy, flawed and even perverse. Reading textual inconsistency against the backdrop of a turbulent nineteenth century, Gavin Jones describes how the difficulties these writers faced in their faltering search for new styles, coherent characters and satisfactory endings uncovered experiences of blunder and inadequacy hidden in the culture at large. Through Jones's treatment, these American writers emerge as the great theorists of failure who discovered ways to translate their own social insecurities into complex portrayals of a modern self, founded in moral fallibility, precarious knowledge and negative feelings"--
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DLC
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1968-
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Jones, Gavin Roger
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American literature
  • Failure (Psychology) in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General / bisacsh
  • Literatur
  • Versagen
  • United States
Label
Failure and the American Writer : a Literary History, Gavin Jones
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Henry Adams and the catastrophic century -- 1. Falling for Edgar Allan Poe -- 2. Herman Melville in the doldrum --; 3. The disappointments of Henry David Thoreau -- 4. Stephen Crane's fake war -- 5. The double failure of Mark Twain -- 6. Sarah Orne Jewett falling short -- 7. The faltering style of Henry James -- Conclusion
Control code
861335220
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 191 pages
Isbn
9781107056671
Lccn
2013036432
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)861335220
Label
Failure and the American Writer : a Literary History, Gavin Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Henry Adams and the catastrophic century -- 1. Falling for Edgar Allan Poe -- 2. Herman Melville in the doldrum --; 3. The disappointments of Henry David Thoreau -- 4. Stephen Crane's fake war -- 5. The double failure of Mark Twain -- 6. Sarah Orne Jewett falling short -- 7. The faltering style of Henry James -- Conclusion
Control code
861335220
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 191 pages
Isbn
9781107056671
Lccn
2013036432
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)861335220

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