Heroic Fiction: The Epic Tradition and American Novels of the Twentieth Century

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This reexamination of the works of five modern novelists- Frank Norris, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Saul Bellow, and Ralph Ellison- draws important parallels to the classical epic tradition found in the novels by these writers. In his introductory chapter Mr. Lutwack discusses earlier American examples of the quest epic and the contributions of the novel form to the epic genre.

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