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Title American literature in transition, 1930-1940 / edited by Ichiro Takayoshi
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018


Description 1 online resource
Series American literature in transition
American literature in transition
Contents The middle class / Amy Blair -- Romance, marriage, and family / Jennifer Haytock -- The working class / Joseph Entin -- Sympathy and poverty / John Marsh -- Black culture at home and abroad / Etsuko Taketani -- The southern heritage / Michael Kreyling -- Social protest in California / David Wrobel -- Reckoning Christianity / Jason Stevens -- Diversity and American letters / Yael Schacher -- This land is your land / Robert Westbrook -- Look at the world! / David Ekbladh, Ichiro Takayoshi -- Bestsellers / David Welky -- Radio drama / Neil Verma -- Crime fiction / Charles Rzepka -- Documentary work / Jeff Allred -- Modernism / Milton Cohen -- The American stage / Mark Fearnow -- Federal Writers' Project / Jerrold Hirsch -- Hollywood / William Solomon -- Time Inc. / Donal Harris -- The Communist Party / Christopher Phelps -- Epilogue: echoes of the 1930s / Morris Dickstein
Summary "In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning, day after day," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald in his country's darkest hour. It was February 1936. At that juncture, in the last year of Franklin Roosevelt's first term, the clock must have looked eternally stuck at three in the morning to countless Americans, especially those of Fitzgerald's generation. Around midnight, the most expensive orgy of all generations - the high jinks and careless laughs and reckless speculations, both emotional and financial, of the 1920s - had reached its vertiginously lofty acme. Then, crash! It was the sound of the post-war boom falling apart. Immediately, all the panicked guests fled the party. That was a while ago, and now the time is 3AM, sharp. Hugging their naked souls, they are alone in the dark. The first light, the glimmer of economic recovery and political stability, will be several dark and solitary hours in coming. Will it really come, ever? They are not so sure any more. Down and out but still wide awake, they find themselves suspended in an unaccustomed zone of transition. It's neither night nor day. A buzz from too much champagne is giving way to the onset of a hangover, the piercing headache. They have tumbled down to the bottom of the worst depression in the nation's history, the worst depression of their lives, but they want to believe that the dawn is just around the corner"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject American literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century
American literature.
Literature and society.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Takayoshi, Ichiro, editor
ISBN 9781108563895