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Leslie Fiedler and American culture
Kellman, Steven G., 1947-
Publication Information:
Newark : University of Delaware Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
199 pages ; 25 cm
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PS3556.I34 Z76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS3556.I34 Z76 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Buffalo Collection Non-Circ

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This collection of original essays examines and celebrates Fiedler's extraordinary contribution to the national conversation. Divided into three sections, the first section includes an interview with Fiedler himself, while the second section consists of critical analyses of Fiedler's varied work. The third section offers personal tributes from notables including John Barth.

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Choice Review

Kellman (Univ. of Texas, San Antonio) and Malin (an independent scholar) have brought together two older pieces by Fiedler as well as essays about Fiedler's work to create an odd volume intended as a festschrift for this extraordinary critic. As Kellman says in his introduction, Fiedler's Love and Death in the American Novel (1960) really did "forever ... alter the terms of the country's literary conversation." The present volume discusses the insufficiently recognized fact that Fiedler has written suggestively and insightfully about an amazing spectrum of texts and issues, ranging from the 19th-century US sentimental tradition to Shakespeare and mass culture. Too many of the too-short pieces (some 25 contributions in 192 pages) merely testify sincerely but breathlessly to Fiedler's greatness instead of analyzing his work; some of these celebratory pieces are witty and graceful examples of the genre. Several essays, however, contribute insights that will be useful to students and scholars. Four essays form the intellectual core of the book--B. Horvath on Fiedler's short fiction, I. Malin on a textbook Fiedler wrote about the essay, and especially M. Winchell's "Fiedler and the New Criticism" and David Ketterer on Fiedler's work in science fiction. Recommended for large academic collections, upper-division undergraduate and above. K. T"ol"olyan; Wesleyan University