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In this brilliant study, Allen Josephs contends there are five epochal writers in American literature: Melville and Twain, Hemingway and Faulkner, and Cormac McCarthy. More importantly, in the same way that there would have been no Hemingway without Twain, no Faulkner without Melville, so without the four of them, there would have been no Cormac McCarthy. McCarthy himself has commented that all books are made from other books. Here Josephs looks back at McCarthy in terms of his epochal predecessors, and in this way shows that McCarthy is not merely within the American literary tradition, not merely a part of it, but that in fact he is a kind of intentional summa of that tradition.
96 pages, 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
Allen Josephs is a past president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society and one of the world's foremost Hemingway scholars. His writings include the critically-acclaimed Ritual and Sacrifice in the Corrida, White Wall of Spain: The Mysteries of Andalusian Culture, On Hemingway and Spain, Beyond DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON, four critical editions of the poetry of Lorca, and numerous reviews and essays in the Atlantic, New Republic, New York Times Book Review and elsewhere. He has been University Research Professor at the University of West Florida since 1986, and has taught there since 1969.
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