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By Roger Lathbury

ISBN-10: 0816056706

ISBN-13: 9780816056705

A entire reference advisor to the modernist stream in American literature, this quantity offers a wealth of data on American modernism, the misplaced new release, modernism within the American novel, the Harlem Renaissance, modernism in poetry and drama, and the literary tradition of the Moderns. Writers lined contain: Countee Cullen, E. E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sinclair Lewis, Eugene O'Neill, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and extra.

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Dalí’s dreamlike pictures, influenced by Freud’s writings, emanate from Freud’s model. Disembodied sexual parts abound in a setting 54 5 . M o d e r n i s m i n Po e t r y a n d D r a m a whose emptiness is the absence of all life, the wish for death itself. Time, a human construct, imprisons; no one escapes. Dalí’s art is, perhaps, the most intense example of SURREALISM—a term coined by the French surrealist André Breton in 1924. Literature also readily adopted Freud’s ideas of the subconscious.

Ah, ” sa i d Ga ble, “ y o u w ri t e t h e n , M r. Fa u l k n e r ? ” “ Ye s . A n d w h a t i s i t y o u d o , M r. G a b l e ? ” the brother of Benjy and Quentin, Jason, who works as a clerk in a store, the events are told in straightforward fashion, but the clarity is less of a relief than it might be, for Jason is shallower than either of his brothers, and his comedy has its own place in the tragedy of the Compson family. Funny though he is, Jason is cruel and selfish. He lies, steals money from his mother, is prejudiced against Italians and Jews, gratuitously burns circus tickets that he doesn’t want but that Luster does, and steals the money Quentin sends her mother Caddy in order to finance his own failing cotton speculations and to sustain the woman he calls his mistress, a prostitute named Lorraine.

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