Notes on Contemporary Literature

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 4, September

James Salter's "Am Strande Von Tanger"
The title of James Salter's first story, "Am Strande von Tanger" (On the Beach at Tangier), alludes to a landscape by the Bohemian artist Wenzel Hollar (1607-77). It first appeared in the Paris Review (Fall 1968) and, twenty years later, opened his...
Read preview Overview
Saul Bellow's Favorite Thought on Herzog? the Evidence of an Unpublished Bellow Letter
Despite the decade-long effort of Saul Bellow's biographer, James Atlas, to collect the letters Bellow sent to "wives, friends, lovers, enemies, writers he admired and writers he detested, teachers, students, disciples, [and] fans," the job will likely...
Read preview Overview
Some Unheard Melodies in a Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange swarms with allusions to classical music. The favorite composers of Alex, the novel's protagonist, are Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, none of whom Burgess transforms into Alex's nasdat (teen talk) jargon. There are,...
Read preview Overview
Through the Looking Glass: The Role of Memory in the Glass Menagerie
Laura Wingfield of The Glass Menagerie (1944) hardly qualifies as a romantic superwoman, a majestic ego eager to transcend the "mereness" of mundane human existence. In his narration of the drama at the same time as he plays a part in it, together...
Read preview Overview