A TIME OF HARVEST: American Literature 1910-1960 by Robert E. - Ed. Spiller

A TIME OF HARVEST: American Literature 1910-1960

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a perspective of American literature over the past fifty years, its genres- poetry, drama, criticism and the novel, and its directions, and it is roughly divided into two periods; that of the vigorous renaissance of the first phase (1910-1925) which followed the rise of naturalism and was spearheaded by Dreiser, Anderson and Sinclair Lewis; and the less definable trends of the later period. A number of contributors, among them the supremely able Maxwell Geismar, Arthur Mizener, David Daiches, Tristram P. Coffin, Richard W. B. Lewis, and the editor have illumined particular aspects within the broad outline: on the urbanization of humor with its origins in the rustic; on the misleading catchword - ""the Lost Generation"" -- Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald and Dos Passos- while defeated- never surrendered their private vision to find a new way ""to live in the world""; the new criticism- and the new theatre; the novel in the south - a ""state of mind"" haunted by imperfection, guilt and the tragedy of human experience; and the novels since World War II- there are more with ""clear artistic competence"" if no single writer with the decisive stature of those of the 19th century, or the first decades of the 20th.... It is difficult to indicate the scope and variety of this small book, but it will surely interest and stimulate all those searching for a partial definition and sharper interpretation of today's trends.

Publisher: Hill & Wang