Form and Fable in American Fiction

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University of Virginia Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
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Combining the disciplines of folklore and literary criticism in his perceptive readings of works by Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, and Mark Twain, Daniel Hoffman demonstrates how these authors transformed materials from both high and popular culture, from their European past and their American present, in works that helped to form our national consciousness. In his new preface, Hoffman describes the evolution of his critical method and suggests the book's value for contemporary readers.

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Great, literary overview. Somewhat "dry" but very informative and detailed.

Contents

Romance Folklore Myth
3
Longbows Wonders and Witchcrafts
16
His Masquerade
33
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
83
HAWTHORNE
97
Green
169
MELVILLE
219
MARK TWAIN
293
REALITY AS FABLE
353
INDEX
361
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Daniel Hoffman is Poet in Residence and Felix Schelling Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. Amonf his critical studies are Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe Poe, Faulkner's Country Matters, and The Poetry of Stephen Crane. A former Consultant in Poetry of the Library of Congress, he is the author also of eight books of verse, including Brotherly Love and Hang-Gliding rom Helicon.

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