Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Jeff Birkenstein & Robert Hauhart
December 2015 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

ISBN: 978-1-61925-517-3
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

Humorist David Sedaris once said, "Living in a foreign country is one of those things that everyone should try at least once." For many American writers, living abroad has been a necessary task to finding the freedom, identity, and perspective that the United States has failed to offer. Writers profiled and analyzed in this volume include Henry James, Ezra Pound, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and members of the "Lost Generation" such as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and T.S. Eliot.

Critical Insights: American Writers in Exile examines the nature and significance of exile for a number of well-known American writers over the last two centuries. "Exile" is not a condition or a state that can be simply or airily defined, nor can its influence on any particular author be easily understood or casually dismissed. Rather it is often a transitional state, even if it appears more or less permanent to the impartial outside observer. Even the writer him or herself may misjudge the nature and extent of its impact. Many exiled writers leave their home country only to spend the balance of their professional lives remembering and recording impressionistic sketches of the nation and culture they have "left behind." The condition of exile-seemingly so easy to achieve in this age of supersonic international flight-turns out to be a somewhat nebulous state of being. Indeed, it may be a matter of becoming, in a certain sense, a matter of existing in a nearly permanent liminality, rather than achievement of some finite, definitive end state.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index