Leslie Fiedler

Leslie Fiedler, 1917–2003, American critic, b. Newark, N.J., grad. New York Univ. (B.A. 1938), Univ. of Wisconsin (Ph.D. 1941). In his best-known and most controversial work, Love and Death in the American Novel (1960), Fiedler uses Freudian analysis to argue the presence of subtle homosexual themes in the work of Twain, Hawthorne, and other writers. His numerous other works include An End to Innocence: Essays on Culture and Politics (1955), Being Busted (1969), The Stranger in Shakespeare (1972), Freaks (1978), What Was Literature? (1982), Fiedler on the Roof (1991), and The Tyranny of the Normal (1996). Fiedler taught throughout his career, at the Univ. of Montana (1941–56) and subsequently at the State Univ. of New York at Buffalo.

See biography by M. R. Winchell (1986); S. G. Kellman and I. Malin, ed., Leslie Fiedler and American Culture (1999).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Too Good to Be True: The Life and Work of Leslie Fiedler
Mark Royden Winchell.
University of Missouri Press, 2002
Leslie Fiedler and American Culture
Steven G. Kellman; Irving Malin.
University of Delaware Press, 1999
Love and Death in the American Novel
Leslie A. Fiedler.
Stein and Day, 1966 (Revised edition)
The Collected Essays of Leslie Fiedler
Leslie A. Fiedler.
Stein and Day, vol.1, 1971
The Collected Essays of Leslie Fiedler
Leslie A. Fiedler.
Stein and Day, vol.2, 1971
In the Mainstream: The Jewish Presence in Twentieth-Century American Literature, 1950s-1980s
Louis Harap.
Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Critics: Trilling, Rahv, Kazin, Fiedler, Howe"
Tyranny of the Normal: Essays on Bioethics, Theology & Myth
Leslie Fiedler.
David R. Godine, 1996
An End to Innocence: Essays on Culture and Politics
Leslie A. Fiedler.
Beacon Press, 1955
Pull Down Vanity, and Other Stories
Leslie A. Fiedler.
Secker & Warburg, 1962
The Continuing Debate: Essays on Education
Leslie A. Fiedler; Jacob Vinocur.
St. Martin's Press, 1964
No! in Thunder: Essays on Myth and Literature
Leslie A. Fiedler.
Beacon Press, 1960
The Jew in the American Novel
Leslie A. Fiedler.
Herzl Press, 1959
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