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- DescriptionHoward Fast, one of the most prolific American writers of the 20th century, has enjoyed wide popularity for his writing and suffered from great toriety for his politics, but has never been given full credit for his contribution to the essential tales of American culture, the American Revolution, and immigrant acculturation. Although his vels have sold close to eighty million copies, this is the first book-length critical study of his work. In addition to an overview of his fiction, it offers close, critical readings of his historical vels of the American Revolution, Citizen Tom Paine, April Morning, and his most recent, Seven Days in June, his vels about slavery, Freedom Road and Spartacus, and his popular series about the American experience, The Immigrants. A biographical chapter is partly based on an extensive interview granted by Fast exclusively for this book. A comprehensive bibliography completes the work. This critical study begins with a biographical chapter that links life and works, showing how Fast transmuted his experience into fiction. Macdonald asserts that for all Fast's toriety as a Communist in the 1940s and 1950s, his works show him to be deeply committed to the principles that inspired the American Revolution. A chapter on literary background discusses all of Fast's major works and most of his mir ones, placing the historical vels into literary context and the other works into their genre traditions. The remaining six chapters focus on his most important individual vels. Each vel is analyzed for plot structure, characterization, and thematic elements. In addition, Macdonald defines and applies alternative critical perspectives from which to read each vel. A genealogy table for The Immigrants series, and a complete, up-to-date bibliography of all of Fast's nearly one hundred published works, as well as selected reviews and background reading, make this study invaluable for research and critical understanding. This study of Fast's classic works of historical fiction will aid the student and support the interdisciplinary American history/literature curriculum.
- Author BiographyANDREW MACDONALD is Associate Professor of English at Loyola University in New Orleans. He has published widely in the areas of popular culture, mystery fiction, and science fiction. He is co-author with his wife Gina Macdonald, of Mastering Writing Essentials (1995), a text for bilingual writing students. His interest in Howard Fast began during visits to the former Soviet Union and Russia, where Fast's works are widely read.
- Author(s)Andrew F. Macdonald
- Date of Publication28/08/1996
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCritical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight495 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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