From the late 1940s through the JFK years, America was the home office of literary innovation. Writers forged new styles with the rapidly changing times, and generated new ideas that fit the challenges of late modernity. "Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit" shows how particular landmark books took on the hot-button subjects of the 1950s: race and religious difference; social class and the suburbs; the youth culture; conformity and group think; and much else.
David Castronovo is the author of Edmund Wilson, a New York Times Notable Book, as well as studies of Thornton Wilder, the English Gentleman, and the American Gentleman - all published by Continuum. His reviews have appeared in America, Commonweal, Shofar, Forward, and New England Review. Castronovo is Professor of English at Pace University and lives in New York City.