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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Leslie Fiedler: Selected full-text books and articles

Too Good to Be True: The Life and Work of Leslie Fiedler By Mark Royden Winchell University of Missouri Press, 2002
Leslie Fiedler and American Culture By Steven G. Kellman; Irving Malin University of Delaware Press, 1999
Love and Death in the American Novel By Leslie A. Fiedler Stein and Day, 1966 (Revised edition)
The Collected Essays of Leslie Fiedler By Leslie A. Fiedler Stein and Day, vol.1, 1971
The Collected Essays of Leslie Fiedler By Leslie A. Fiedler Stein and Day, vol.2, 1971
In the Mainstream: The Jewish Presence in Twentieth-Century American Literature, 1950s-1980s By Louis Harap Greenwood Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "The Critics: Trilling, Rahv, Kazin, Fiedler, Howe"
Pull Down Vanity, and Other Stories By Leslie A. Fiedler Secker & Warburg, 1962
The Continuing Debate: Essays on Education By Leslie A. Fiedler; Jacob Vinocur St. Martin's Press, 1964
The Jew in the American Novel By Leslie A. Fiedler Herzl Press, 1959
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