The Extension of Life: Fiction and History in the American Novel

Synopsis

The Extension of Life seeks to define the nature of fiction as it has been practiced by some major American authors. It is inspired by the feeling that fiction is puzzling: that it is strange that readers appreciate stories which both are the free invention of their authors and also owe much to the actual facts of the history and society that the readers know from their everyday lives. It seeks to illuminate this puzzle by reference to the substantial body of study of narrative form and of the status of fiction that has been produced in recent years.