Philip Gura: Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel
An authoritative new history of the early American novel from a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux hc $30 9780809094455
Gura opens with the first truly homegrown genre of fiction: religious tracts, short parables intended to instruct the Christian reader. He then turns to the city novels of the 1840s, which depicted with mixed feelings the rapid growth and modernization of American society.
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