What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960

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INDEX
Abbott, Wilbur: The New Barbarians, 86–87
Abel, Darrel, 225
Abel, Hilde: The Guests of Summer, 287
Adamic, Louis, 142–44; A Nation of Nations, 244; “What the Proletariat Reads,” 142–44, 145, 146 Adams, Henry: The Education of Henry Adams, 21, 205; Pulitzer Prize and, 21
Adams, James Truslow: The Epic of America, 10810
Adams, J. Donald, 65, 205, 218
Adams, John, 101
Adams, John Quincy, 177
Adams, Samuel, 168
Adams, Samuel Hopkins: Plunder, 259; Sunrise to Sunset, 274
Adams, Sherman, 313, 314, 315–16
Adler, Mortimer: How to Read a Book, 194, 196–98
Adorno, Theodor: Dialectics of Enlightenment, 252
Adult education, 197
Adultery, 57, 58, 89, 93, 241, 265; as suburban novel theme, 319
Advice books. See Self-help books
African American periodicals, 232
African American writing, 95–96, 134, 147; double consciousness and, 245; Harlem Renaissance and, 47, 231; New York Times reviews of, 65; 1920s and, 47, 56, 60, 65, 69, 96, 231; 1930s and, 128, 187; 1940s and, 189, 195, 225–27, 229–30, 232, 241, 244, 247–48; 1950s and, 194, 226, 244, 245, 274; poetry and, 50. See also Race relations; Racism
Agar, Herbert: The Pursuit of Happiness, 185; A Time for Greatness, 216; Who Owns America? (ed.), 183,185
Agee, James: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, 124, 200; The Morning Watch, 287
Agrarians, 118,148–49, 183–84, 185, 228
Aiken, Conrad, 83, 206; Pulitzer Prize and, 84
Alcoholism, 214, 220, 229, 279
Alcott, Louisa May, 140
Aldrich, Bess Streeter: Lantern in Her Hand, 85; Miss Bishop, 160
Aldridge, John: After the Lost Generation, 269, 28284
Algren, Nelson: The Man with the Golden Arm, 240, 276; Never Come Morning, 220
Alienation, 47, 297, 301, 313
Allen, Ethan, 89
Allen, Frederick Lewis: Only Yesterday, 54, 162
Allen, Hervey: Anthony Adverse, 118,124–25, 131, 137, 161, 163; The Forest and the Fort, 219
Alman, David: Hourglass, 246; The Well of Compassion, 246; World Full of Strangers, 243
Alston, Oliver (fictional character), 204–5
America First Party, 251
American Authors League, 214
Americana works, 123–24
American Book Publishers Council, 275
American Booksellers Association, 275
American dream, 37, 102, 104, 145; Fortune articles on, 190; meaning of, 108–10; 1930s change in, 130, 185; post-World War II, 235, 260–61. See also American Way
American exceptionalism, 20, 108, 109, 234
American history, 124, 161–67, 177–78. See also Historical novels
Americanization: concept of, 100–104, 108
Americanization novels, 18, 21, 33–35, 37, 89, 92, 96–110, 201, 249, 304; devices of, 103; intermarriage and, 99, 100, 106–7; literary importance of, 330–31; middle-class vision and, 9798, 103, 306; post-World War II, 257; recovered authors of, 31–35, 47–48, 98–100, 341; secondgeneration stories and, 106–7. See also Jewish American writing

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • One - The 1920s 37
  • Two - The 1930s 117
  • Three - The1940s 194
  • Four - The 1950s 269
  • Conclusion 329
  • Postscript 337
  • Notes 347
  • Bibliography 365
  • Index 425
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