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A new Fiedler reader
Fiedler, Leslie A.
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Works. Selections. 1999
Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1999.
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xvii, 588 pages ; 23 cm
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Leslie Fiedler's radical opinions and theories have changed the way we think about American literature and pop culture, challenging long-established schools and ushering in a genre of first-person, experience-based criticism. Praised and respected as "one of the most important figures in the history of American cultural thought in this century," Fiedler introduced groundbreaking ideas that now permeate university studies in literature: a homoerotic element in American machismo, interracial dependence as the classical American bond, those on the social margins being "secret selves," and the continuum of "high" and "low" culture.

Designed to delight Fiedler's contemporary audience and introduce the author to a whole new generation of readers, A New Fiedler Reader is a captivating anthology of Fiedler's most notorious and celebrated essays, along with a selection of his engaging poems and short fiction.

A literary icon, Fiedler is among those who urged legalization of marijuana in the late '60s; suggested that college students read Timothy Leary along with Milton; and was accused of corrupting the young with dangerous leftist ideas. Collected are Fiedler's most widely known articles, from "Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!" to "An Almost Imaginary Interview: Hemingway in Ketchum." Complementing these essays are various lesser known poems and short stories, providing the reader with the complete Fiedler experience.

Author Notes

Leslie A. Fiedler, a literary critic, was a professor of English at the State University of New York, at Buffalo. His well-known preoccupation with social and psychological issues emerged with Love and Death in the American Novel (1960), which became a major critical text of the 1960s. In this book he argued that American writing has been shaped by an inability to portray mature sexual relationships and by an underlying fear of death.

Fiedler admonished critics, teachers, and readers of literature to connect text and context-to consider a poem, for example, as the sum of many contexts, including its genre, the other works of the author, the other works of his time, and so forth. Fiedler's notions of moral ambiguity echo Matthew Arnold's focus on art as criticism of life, but with an energy and style peculiar to himself. Fiedler depended greatly on generalizations (usually unexpected), making his critical remarks reflect broader considerations.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Preface to the 1999 Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Come Back to the Raft Ag'in, Huck Honey!p. 3
Montana; or The End of Jean-Jacques Rousseaup. 13
Archetype and Signaturep. 24
Afterthoughts on the Rosenbergsp. 44
Roman Holidayp. 65
Dante: Green Thoughts in a Green Shadep. 74
Negro and Jewp. 97
Saul Bellowp. 108
In the Beginning Was the Wordp. 117
The Novel and Americap. 131
A Night with Mr. Teasp. 147
An Almost Imaginary Interview: Hemingway in Ketchump. 153
Traitor or Laureate: The Two Trials of the Poetp. 165
The Death of the Old Menp. 178
The New Mutantsp. 189
Henry Roth's Neglected Masterpiecep. 211
Master of Dreams: The Jew in a Gentile Worldp. 220
The Higher Sentimentalityp. 238
Boxing the Compassp. 257
Cross the Border--Close the Gapp. 270
Exhibit A: On Being Busted at Fiftyp. 295
Chutzpah and Pudeurp. 309
The Passionate Pilgrimp. 336
The Rebirth of God and the Death of Manp. 361
In Every Generation: A Meditation on the Two Holocaustsp. 386
Why Organ Transplants Do Not Succeedp. 405
Who's the Cowboy? Who's the Indian? The Slowest Gun in the Westp. 417
Introduction to The Star Roverp. 433
Momotaro, Or The Peachboy: A Japanese Fairly Talep. 451
Child's Playp. 461
Call It Sleepp. 461
A Bloody Husbandp. 462
My Silver Nutmegp. 463
Margueritep. 464
In Vain from Love's Preakness I Flyp. 465
Schlepfer's Cocksp. 466
Dumb Dickp. 467
I and My Mishigasp. 468
The Deerp. 469
The Whiteness of the Whale: Bologna, 1952p. 470
O Al!p. 471
Song from Buffalop. 472
Nude Croquetp. 475
The Last Jew in Americap. 522
Nobody Ever Died from Itp. 562
What Used to Be Called Deadp. 582