The American Mystery: American Literature From Emerson To Delillo by Tony TannerThe American Mystery: American Literature From Emerson To Delillo by Tony Tanner

The American Mystery: American Literature From Emerson To Delillo

byTony TannerForeword byEdward SaidIntroduction byIan F. A. Bell

Paperback | April 13, 2000

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The late Tony Tanner was one of the most distinctive and distinguished critical voices on American literature. With a foreword by Edward Said and an introduction by Ian Bell, which place Tanner's work in the larger context of critical approaches to American literature and culture, this book brings together Tanner's essays on a wide range of key American authors. Exploring writers as diverse as Melville, Emerson, Henry James, DeLillo and Pynchon, it offers an introduction to the major figures and themes in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature.

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Born in Jerusalem and educated at Victoria College in Cairo and at Princeton and Harvard universities, Edward Said has taught at Columbia University since 1963 and has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Johns Hopkins University. He has had an unusual dual career as a professor of comparative literature, a recognized expert on the...
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Title:The American Mystery: American Literature From Emerson To DelilloFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:April 13, 2000Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521783747

ISBN - 13:9780521783743

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Table of Contents

Foreword Edward Said; I. Introduction A. F. Bell; 1. 'Lustres and condiments': Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Essays; 2. 'A summer in the country': Nathaniel Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance; 3. 'Nothing but cakes and ale': Herman Melville's White-Jacket; 4. 'All interweavingly working together': Herman Melville's Moby-Dick; 5. Melville's counterfeit detector: The Confidence Man; 6. Henry James: the story in it - and the story without it; 7. Henry James's 'saddest story': The Other House; 8. Henry James and Shakespeare; 9. 'Feelings of middle life': William Dean Howells's Indian Summer; 10. 'The story of the moon that never rose': F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby; 11. Don DeLillo and 'the American mystery': Underworld; 12. 'The rubbish-tip for subjunctive hopes': Thomas Pynchon's Mason and Dixon.

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"The range of essays in The American Mystery is impressive and speaks to the scope and versatility of Tanner's interest in American Literature...a valuable contribution to the study of U.S. literary history and a well-deserved tribute to one of its most devoted and talented researchers." American Studies