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From Native Son to King's Men

The Literary Landscape of 1940s America

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From Native Son to King's Men by Robert McParland
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On the heels of the Great Depression and staring into the abyss of a global war, American writers took fiction and literature in a new direction that addressed the chaos the nation-and the world-was facing. These authors spoke to the human condition in traumatic times, and their works reflected the dreams, aspirations, values, and hopes of people living in the World War II era. In Native Son to King's Men: The Literary Landscape of 1940s America, Robert McParland looks at authors writing across genres throughout the decade. From popular fiction to high literature, McParland explores how these works represented this pivotal period in American culture. Among the authors covered in this volume are James Baldwin, Pearl Buck, James Gould Cozzens, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, John Hersey, Norman Mailer, Ann Petry, Irwin Shaw, John Steinbeck, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Richard Wright. By examining these authors and their works, this book reveals how the literature of the 1940s not only provided a pathway for that era's readers, but affords us with a way of understanding the past and our own times. Native Son to King's Men will appeal to anyone interested in the cultural climate of the 1940s and how this period was depicted in American literature.

Author Biography

Robert McParland is professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at Felician College. His books include Charles Dickens's American Audience (Lexington, 2010), Beyond Gatsby: How Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Writers of the 1920s Shaped American Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), and Citizen Steinbeck: Giving Voice to the People (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
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November 8th, 2017
Country of Publication
United States
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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